This festival started in 1962 and has grown to become one of the most highly acclaimed art festivals in the nation. Each year I enjoy seeing the artists and their works but this Saturday I had a special reason for attending which I will share with you in a moment. The festival attracts artists from all over the country. There are painters, photographers, chalk artists as pictured here, wood carvers, metalworkers and more.
And it wouldn’t be a festival without the food and drink to be had. The smells were wonderful with the sweet aroma of kettle corn, the cool fruit smoothies, food trucks offering so many wonderful choices of good eats and of course adult beverages for those desiring something more than freshly squeezed lemonade 😉
But as I mentioned earlier I went to the festival this year for an extra reason. I was going to meet a local photographer friend that I have known only via the medium of blogging. If you haven’t seen Rick Braveheart’s work before then you really should check out his website here. His work is at the Smithsonian Institute and he is the artist in residence for the National Park Service. Rick’s photography inspires and challenges me and I am determined now to photograph the beauty that is in our national parks. The art festival has an emerging artist program which features upcoming local artists. Rick submitted his work and was picked to show for the first time this year. Congrats, Rick!
This is always a great festival to attend with tomorrow, Sunday, being the last day for the 2015 festival so you still have time to experience the festival. You get to see such amazing talent from artists you might not otherwise get to experience and there is never a bad time or place for food truck eats accompanied by bands.