The City of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival has scheduled its 2016 events: May 7-8 and Oct. 1-2. Art lovers and collectors converge in this two-day event that brings together art, music, food, and family fun.
The free event held in Richardson’s scenic Cottonwood Park will exhibit the museum-quality work from more than 200 artists competing in a range of categories including painting, sculpture and ceramics. This is a rare opportunity to interact with artists in person, and learn about the creative process behind their work.
“Cottonwood Art Festival is a great place to find a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your home or office,” said Serri Ayers, director of the Cottonwood Art Festival. “The setting is beautiful, so you can do some shopping, watch the kids have an amazing art experience, and then relax in our courtyard with a bite to eat and a refreshing beverage—all while listening to live music.”
For the children and families, an interactive children’s area, ArtStop, offers mini-Monets a chance to experience the wonderful world of art first-hand. Complete with life-size paintbrushes and staffed by more than 100 volunteers, ArtStop offers dozens of activities for children and their families to encourage imaginations to run wild. At ArtStop, it’s OK for the kids to throw mud on an electric potter’s wheel, paint a masterpiece and chisel away on a large block of plaster.
Now in its 47th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected more than 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. 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. Rated as one of the top art festivals in the United States, the prestigious show is the premier fine art event in North Texas.
The festival will be held Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX.
Parking and admission are free.
The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.