This weekend I went to Art in the Park, the signature event for the Walker County Arts Alliance. A great deal of time and effort go into making this a wonderful event. Many people work very hard, but Myra Blackston exceeds all expectation of human effort to make this event a spectacular star in the summer sky of fun festivals.
Artistic Fun for All Ages
Art in the Park has activities for visitors of all ages. There are areas for kids to have fun painting and playing with bubbles, as well as, the always popular face painting. This year youngsters could even get their faces painted like wings around their eyes as if they were angels! There were many booths that featured child-oriented items such as custom clothing and art.
The juried art contest helps assure the quality of the art at this festival remains high, in keeping with Art in the Park's reputation of high artistic standards.
I grew up going to the Helen Keller Festival in Tuscumbia, Alabama which was the setting for one of Beverly Barton's first books. It is consistently rated one of the best festivals in the Southeast.
Huntsville has Panoply. Florence has the W.C. Handy Festival and most other southern cities have some type of art festival.
I love the energy that surrounds this kind of event. As a writer, I often find a great deal of inspiration when I am out surrounded by people enjoying activities such as these. Getting out and feeling the excitement of other artists and how people relate to their art reminds me of what a published author from our local chapter often says: "You must refill your well." Sometimes we get so caught up in creating our own stories and working with out writing groups that we forget about the importance of keeping our creative wells filled.
What are some of your favorite arts festivals to visit?