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ArtFest will provide variety of events - Plans and dates announced for downtown art festival

Misty Morning” by exhibitor Ellie Hobgood will be among the works presented at the April show. But visitors will see much more than art at the two day festival.


By Ron Barnes – Jasper ArtFest Organizer

We’ve been talking. We’ve been planning. It is now official! At the last meeting the Jasper City Council officially approved the Jasper ArtFest on April 16-17. Staging an event like this is no small undertaking, and the total cooperation of the city government is critical, not to mention the support of the Jasper Merchants Association. The logistics involved in closing Main Street for the weekend are very complicated. We plan to make this an annual event to be held on the third weekend of April.


The event will feature juried art, with artists coming from as far away as Texas. We have been recruiting artists for well over a year, so the quality of submissions is excellent. We will also have music (both singing/instrumental and choral), performing arts, a special section for mountain craft demonstrations, children’s art activities, an antique auto show (Model A’s on Saturday, Porsche 356’s on Sunday) and a food court. We are also planning to have a “yesteryear” area featuring a steam-powered ice cream maker.

In addition to all that, the “Feathered Event” will be held on Friday evening at Burnt Mountain Trading Company, and there will be an auction there the next night featuring art and antiques for sale.

If all that doesn’t excite you, the Optimist Club has rescheduled the “Flapjack Run” to be held on Saturday morning, beginning and ending on South Main prior to the opening of ArtFest at 10.

Since there will be a little something for everyone, plan on making a day of it! Show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cars will parade into town around 11 each day and will stay until around 3. Visitors admission is free. In addition to plenty of parking downtown, there will be shuttles running from east and west parking lots, so look for the signs.

For information, artist and food vendor applications, sponsor information and future updates, go to Questions may be directed to [email protected] or to Ron Barnes at 678-520-6648.


+1 #1 lovepickens 2011-03-05 10:25
I love Pickens, that is why I live here. Your $95.00 entry fee will ensure that me and many other local artists will not be vendors. What a shame all the folks purchasing at the festival will not be buying locally which has it's very own campaign!
0 #2 melissaG 2011-03-06 09:13
I love art, but at this past marble festival I wasn't able to look at what the local artist had displayed. The reason....No strollers allowed in the building. Do they ban people in wheelchairs as well??? Just left a bad feeling towards those running it.
Ron Barnes
0 #3 Ron Barnes 2011-03-15 14:54
Since ArtFest will be on Main Street, there will be no restriction on strollers, although pets will have to be dropped off at the pet sitter area. So come on down and bring the kids!
Ron Barnes
0 #4 Ron Barnes 2011-03-15 15:02
We have many local artists who pay to participate. We charge the $95 entry fee to help cover the cost of the event, along with sponsor funding. The event will not make a profit. There are thousands of dollars worth of expenses, like advertising, night security, traffic control, portable toilets, and so on. It is not unusual to charge artists and vendors, but it is unusual when there is no admission for visitors. We do that to attract a crowd, so the artists have a better chance of making money, and the local businesses will benefit, which will help the overall economy. Establishing this kind of event is not free.

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