Thursday, May 4, 2017

ARE YOU READY FOR COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL?

Are you ready for Cottonwood?

Artists are arriving, bands are tuning their guitars, and vendors are doing last minute prep. That's right...Cottonwood Art Festival is this weekend, May 6-7 at Cottonwood Park in Richardson, TX! To help you prepare, here are 5 things you can do for this weekend's event.

1. Check out the list of artist that will be in attendance at this weekend. With over 240 different artist, you are sure to have a full day ahead of you of some amazing art! Visit our full lists of Artist to pick our your favorites!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LIVE ART AND AMY BURKMAN RETURN TO COTTONWOOD

Cottonwood Art Festival is excited to welcome back Live Art with professional muralist and multi-media artist Amy Burkman.  Live Art is an extremely versatile show in which Amy transforms a large canvas into a beautiful painting in less than ten minutes. 

The music, energy and art create a dynamic performance that will leave you inspired!  Live Art is much more than fast painting, it's a special display of an exciting artistic performance! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LOCAL TUNES TAKE THE COTTONWOOD STAGES



We have art, tasty drinks, cold beverages, and a fantastic Artstop for the kiddos, but did you also know that Cottonwood is also the home to many rocking performers found in the Dallas - Ft. Worth area and all over Texas? The festival features a variety of genres including rock, country, jazz, blues, and swing.

Stop by the Lakeside Courtyard on Saturday morning as we kick off the festival with the acoustic duo Gunplugged at 10:45 a.m. The rock classics, played by members Jerry Don Branch and Steve Locke are a smooth Saturday sound everyone can enjoy! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

CHRIS VANCE NAMED FEATURED ARTIST

Chris Vance - Featured Artist for Cottonwood Art Festival May 6-7, 2017

A world of bright, abstract characters

For many artists, small details can inspire big ideas. For Chris Vance, an Iowa-based abstract expressionist, big ideas take form as larger-than-life monsters, crazy characters and lively vistas. Named featured artist of the City of Richardson's Cottonwood Art Festival, Vance's vivid work will be on display May 6-7, 2017 in scenic Cottonwood Park.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

JEAN ADAS VISITS MOSS HAVEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Jean Adas at Moss Haven Elementary School , Cottonwood Art Festival Visiting Artist Program
Watercolor artist Jean Adas presented to 5th and 6th grade students at Moss Haven Elementary School on Thursday, April 20, 2017 as part of Cottonwood's Visiting Artist Program. The visit was coordinated with Toni Crook who teaches art to all the students K-6 at this RISD school.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

COTTONWOOD'S EMERGING ARTISTS & AWARDS

Cottonwood's Emerging Artists
Congratulations to the 10 students selected by a jury as Cottonwood's 2017 Emerging Artists sponsored by Neighborhood Credit Union.  The annual program exhibition, featuring works by these students, is open to the public April 1-30, 2017 in the Forrest & Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery inside the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.  

Artists have the opportunity to sell their work at the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival being held Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Richardson, TX.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

SMITH MAP STUDIO FEATURED IN TEXAS MONTHLY

Smith Map Studio - photo taken at
2016 Cottonwood Art Festival

Christopher Alan Smith, the illustrator and owner of Smith Map Studio, was one of the 250 artists selected by the jury panel for Cottonwood Art Festival.  The semi-annual show was held the weekend of October 1-2, 2016 in Richardson, TX.  

This was also the exact date that Texas Monthly released their monthly issue featuring Smith Map Studio.  The two-page interview describes how he has always been a "map geek" and his childhood passion transitioned into a full career in 2008 after he held his first show and made $5,500 in sales.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ITALIAN APÉ RESIDES IN RICHARDSON

Wound Up Café - Mobile Coffee 
Have you met the guy in Richardson who owns an incredibly rare and slow moving Italian Apé?  These were first discovered in the 1940’s and the one Jason Hapka cares for happens to put off a super strong aroma.  Try pronouncing Apé as Ah-Pay and substitute three wheels for the pair of hairy legs you may have visualized. 

Five years ago, Jason tracked down this European scooter to start a new business, the Wound Up Café.  Cottonwood Art Festival invited him to participate as a vendor that same year and he continues to participate at the semi-annual show.