Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cottonwood Art Festival Returns to Draw Creatives of All Ages

The Richardson art scene will be filled with excitement October 3-4, when the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival – and more than 240 of the nation’s top artists – arrive at scenic Cottonwood Park, transforming it into a fine outdoor gallery. At the free, family-friendly event, you will find museum-quality ceramics, drawings, pastels, photographs, sculptures, paintings, jewelry and more – including an innovative ArtStop area for children.

A few of the local musicians include saxophonist David Carr, Jr.  His distinctive sound has been compared with legendary greats such as Grover Washington, Jr. and David Sanborn. Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, an award-winning blues band, will also take the stage. Revolution 9, a new 60’s tribute band, will have the crowd reminiscing and dancing to nostalgic tunes from the past. Nine acts will perform top hits in the Lakeside Courtyard on the border of Cottonwood Lake. There,festival goers can also take respite in the shade by the lake, or enjoy food – funnel cakes, corndogs, and drinks like craft brews, margaritas, and wine from the beer garden.


Children will love the festival’s popular ArtStop area, where more than 100 volunteers will help them to explore their inner artist through dozens of activities. This year, ArtStop is popping in more color than ever before with the Wee Weavers activity, inspired by the latest trend in pop up yarn art. Kids can also create a Picasso-style painting, channel Michelangelo while chiseling on a sculpture, add their own designs to a ceramic tile, play with plaster, or throw mud on a potter’s wheel. The world of art is complete with life-size paintbrushes and plenty of inspiration.

“We are proud to not only provide a juried forum for more than 240 deserving artists to display and sell their museum-quality works this fall, but also to encourage budding artists through hands-on, educational activities,” said Serri Ayers, director of the Cottonwood Art Festival. “We hope to inspire and foster a love of art in our community, and invite families to join us.”