FALL 2016 ARTISTS


Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. This year approximately 1,400 artists submitted their work for consideration. For each show, jurors select over 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. A list of this year's artists can be found on the Event Artists page.

Below is the list of selected artists for the Fall show held October 1-2, 2016 in Richardson, TX. www.cottonwoodartfestival.com 

ARTIST DRAWS SMILEY FACE IN 10 MINUTES - #WorldSmileDay

Harvey Ross Ball - Smiley Face
Today is the first Friday of October and also celebrated as World Smile Day since 1999.  The history of the smiley face dates back decades but the iconic yellow image was created by an American commercial artist Harvey Ross Ball.  Harvey started off as an apprentice for a local sign painter before deciding to study fine arts at Worcester Art Museum School.

In 1963 the artist worked for State Mutual Life Assurance Company in Massachusetts and was tasked with designing a happy face to increase the low morale of his fellow co-workers.  The image was intended to be used in a 'friendship campaign' and printed on buttons for employees to wear at the office.

"THE FOUR WINDS REUNITE AT COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL"

Pictured left to right: Lisa Leininger, Nancy Lembke,
 Jane Fitzgerald and Laurie Calloway
We are Army wives who met in a Bible study ten years ago at a SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) a NATO base in Belgium. We called ourselves “The Four Winds.” We laughed, we cried and we shopped together. The highlight was a road trip to buy Polish pottery.