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.
Nice! I’ll check his blog out in a bit.
Thanks and I am sure you will enjoy his site.
Yes…Rick’s images are great. This looks like a wonderful festival.
It is! Just wish it wasn’t so hot with intermittent showers but that’s what the lemonade is for 🙂
Looks like a lot of fun!
These few images don’t even begin to show how big this event is! But it definitely is fun 🙂
Love it! Gorgeous photos!
Thank you 🙂
What a great art festival! How cool that you met a photographer who has inspired you 🙂
Inspires me to want to travel and meet other blogger friends (any and every reason to travel works for me LOL)
Very cool. I love the perspective of looking down the line at the artists doing their ting.
Thanks and that they were 🙂
I never knew of this festival… I really will be looking you up when I slow down a bit. I am off to Texas today! But will be back to the lake house in a few weeks.
I’ll be waiting for you 🙂