The work of 60 artists from the Carolinas, Kentucky and Georgia will be featured at the fifth annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival, which will be held Oct. 5 in Sherrills Ford.The festival began five years ago, when Robert Eades, a Sherrills Ford resident, developed an interest in folk art and decided he wanted to share this interest with others in the Lake Norman area. Along with a group of volunteers from Hickory and Sherrills Ford, Eades started the festival at its original site, a piece of private property off Giles Road, with the goals of introducing the rich arts history of Catawba County, supporting local artists and connecting the public with the Hickory Museum of Art.The Hickory Museum of Art, where the third floor is dedicated to Southern Contemporary Folk Art, loved the idea of having a family-friendly festival devoted to this genre. Not only did it support the many talented artists in the area, but also helped to spread the word about the museum.After three successful years at its original location, the festival was moved last year to its present location off Drum Campground Road. The site, owned by Kerin & Wayne Saunders, sprawls 17 acres and includes a 180-degree panoramic view of Lake Norman. The move allowed the festival to expand the number of artists and the number of visitors, with an increase from 1,000 visitors in its early years to 3,500 last year and an expected 5,000 or more visitors this year.Artwork on display at the festival includes pottery, paintings, birdhouses, totems, metal yard art, jewelry, furniture, sculpture, hooked rugs, chainsaw carvings and more. All of the artwork is for sale and at prices ranging from $10 to $1,000 with many under $100, is a great way for new collectors to afford original, one-of-a-kind artwork.Artists ranging in age from 30s to 80s, applied to be a part of the festival, supplying photos and descriptions of their work to the festival’s Artists Committee. The five committee members, who represent various art disciplines including folk art, then selected the artists that will participate in this year’s event.In addition to the art, visitors can enjoy music from Still Pickin, a local bluegrass band led by Sherrills Ford resident Danny Gabriel. Gabriel has been involved with the event since it began, with his musical group as well as with site preparation. New this year is a festival gallery, Artistry in Industry, which will feature products from local artisans in a silent auction format. A vintage quilt, circa 1900, donated from a home in Greensboro, will also be raffled off during the event. Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds benefit the Hickory Museum of Art.A special children’s activity, making sun catchers out of recycled CDs and DVDs, will be hosted all day by local art teacher Megan Shook. A variety of food and beverage options will be available for purchase.
Monday, Sep. 30, 2013
Lake Norman folk art fest returns for 5th year
Want to go? The fifth annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival, presented by the city of Hickory, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at 3630 Drum Campground Road in Sherrills Ford. Admission and parking are free. The Hickory Museum of Art is in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, at 243 Third Ave. N.E. in Hickory. For more information, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.
Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer for Mooresville News. Have a story idea for Jennifer? Email her at email@example.com.
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