Those attending the City of Richardson’s Cottonwood festival on May 3-4, 2014 may come to see the nation’s top visual artists, but they will stay to enjoy the food, music and activities planned throughout the two-day celebration of art, life and community.
The free event held in Richardson’s scenic Cottonwood Park will exhibit the museum-quality work of 240 artists in a range of categories including painting, photography and ceramics. In addition, the top 11 teen finalists in Cottonwood’s Emerging Artists program will display and sell their impressive artwork during the festival.
“Every year we select a Featured Artist to represent the festival,” said Serri Ayers, director of the Cottonwood Festival. “This spring we’ve selected Carl Zachmann, from Fergus Falls, MN. Carl is an artist who examines America’s industrial past. Everyone needs to see his interpretation of machine art.”
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 a potter's wheel, paint on canvas like Da Vinci or chisel away on a sculpture like Michelangelo. Pint-sized Picassos will have fun and be able to take home a masterpiece of their very own.
No festival is complete without music to entertain the crowds. This year, festival-goers can relish in the sounds of the festival as top local bands perform the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. This spring headline artists include, Texas Flood, Lone Star Attitude, The Statesboro Revue, and Kites and Boomerangs.
“Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival is the best of the best,” Ayers said. “Cottonwood has brought artists and the community together for 45 years. Whether it’s listening to great music, tasting delicious food, sipping beer or wine, or buying some fabulous art, you will create memories that will last a lifetime.”
About Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival
Now in its 45th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from 1,400 submissions 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 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 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.
The festival also features an interactive children’s area, ArtStop, for mini-Monets. 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.
Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own – Cottonwood has something for everyone. For more information, go to: