Summer has FINALLY arrived, and I have an exciting line-up of shows, events and appearances this month. From panel discussions and gallery openings to traveling the country, June is shaping up to be a busy month. Feel free to click on any of the images below to get more information on how to attend any of these events. Please note: some require an RSVP, so read the descriptions carefully.
One of the longest-running and most beloved art festivals in the country, the Plaza Art Fair is in its 86th year. Ranked in the top ten fine arts festivals in the Art Fair SourceBook, and attracting 300,000 art lovers, it has grown over seven decades to be a premier festival of fine art and fine craft. It marks the arrival of autumn for Kansas Citians and artists alike, and attracts tourists from all over the Midwest.
Clifton Henri, in his first time showing in Nashville, joins the Nashville tradition of celebrating and supporting American handmade craft at this premier event on the lawn in Centennial Park. Shop one-of-a-kind, finely crafted artwork directly from the juried, award-winning artists. A unique feature of Tennessee Craft Fairs requires artists to be on-site. While shopping, you’ll meet the artists, learn what inspires them and how they take raw materials like clay, wood, metal and glass and transform them into fine craft.
Each October, the streets of Bethesda Row, are turned into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. 190 leading artists nationwide come to Bethesda, MD's Arts and Entertainment District to showcase their work.
The 2017 RiverArtsFest event will host a juried Artist Market, along with other festival offerings. RiverArtsFest, now in its 11th year, has successfully presented the Mid-South’s rich cultural diversity and talent for the public's entertainment, education and enjoyment and is the longest running fine arts festival in this region.
The Award-Winning Covington Three Rivers Art Festival attracts 50,000+ visitors each year, and is dedicated to bringing the best of fine arts and fine crafts to historic downtown Covington, Louisiana, and providing the best in Southern Hospitality for our artists.
This past Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to make an on-air appearance with my man Malcolm Tubbs from Fox 25 Oklahoma City to talk about the Paseo Art Festival. It was great to meet him. Funny enough, the previous night I'd spotted him hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, which I had the pleasure of attending. He naturally threw me a couple of jabs when he mentioned my Bulls not making the playoffs, but it was all good; despite the bad jokes, Malcolm was a cool dude, and it was awesome chopping it up with him for a few minutes.
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Earlier this spring, I got to show my work for the first time in Chattanooga, TN at the 4 Bridges Art Festival, and the response I received was amazing and validating. Immediately during the preview night I was approached by several attendees expressing how excited they were to see me and my work at this year’s festival. That alone was the start of a great show, but I was then honored with “Best-in-Show”, which is generally never awarded to a photographer. Typically, the top award goes to a mixed media, glass or sculpture artist. The appreciation for my work and craft was refreshing, and I'm looking forward to showing at 4 Bridges again next year as a Featured Artist.