Friday, September 21, 2012

Grand Festival of Art slated for Oct. 5-6

FAIRHOPE, Alabama --- The 30th Annual Grand Festival of Art, an Eastern Shore Art Center event, is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6. The Grand Festival committee is expecting a fabulous event this year. 

Grand Festival of Art 2011 Alene Kane of Jackson, Miss., makes her choice from an assortment of masks from the Carnies Stained Glass booth during 2011's Grand Festival of Art in Fairhope
It is part of a weekend of seven great events — the 30th annual Grand Festival of Art on Oct. 5 and 6; First Friday Art Walk on Oct. 5; the Mullet Run, with a 5k and one-mile fun run on Oct. 6; the Alabama Coastal BirdFest Bird & Conservation Expo on Oct. 6; the Grand Festival of Books on Oct. 5, 6 and 7; the Mobile Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Trio Concert at the Eastern Shore Art Center on Oct. 7; and a free bluff-top concert from the Baldwin Pops Band on Oct. 7. 

The Grand Festival of Art takes place in downtown Fairhope on Fairhope Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. The show features more than 70 local, regional, national and international artists. Visitors will find woodworking, blown glass, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and much more fine art and fine crafts. 
“Our audience has the opportunity to interact with the artists, learn a little about their inspiration and find out how the pieces are made,” said Bob Young, co-chairman of the festival. 

Artist Joan Blackburn of Pensacola will award a total of $3,000 in cash prizes for the Best of Show and first, second and third places. 

Blackburn is a well-known Pensacola artist, teacher, juror and judge whose specialty 
is water media abstracts and transparent watercolor still life, florals and landscapes.
More than 20,000 visitors are expected to visit the Grand Festival of Art over the two-day event. This year’s Grand Sponsor is Sandy Sansing Ford/ Lincoln of Daphne. 

BancorpSouth is the Tent Sponsor and Event Sponsors are Covenant Hospice and the Alabama Tourism Department. In-Kind Sponsors include Publix and Starbucks Coffee. 

For more information call the Eastern Shore Art Center at 251-928-2228 or visit

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