Cottonwood Art Festival to brush by in May

April 16, 2013 by  

The upcoming biannual Cottonwood Art Festival has something for everybody, whether an established national artist, an eager high school amateur, a curious and creative child, or just a humble admirer of the visual arts.

A fixture of the Richardson social calendar for more than 40 years, the Festival features the works of over 240 artists jury-picked from an initial field of more than 1,400. Attending the Festival is free, and visitors can buy art, relax to the sounds of local bands, or pick up some commemorative T-shirt or poster printing examples featuring the work of Austin-born painter Michelle Mardis.

The main judging is spread across 14 categories from the traditional painting, sculpture, and ceramics to the recently-emerged digital art category. Works can be found of almost any material: glass, leather, fiber, metal, wood, and the catch-all ‘mixed media’ categories.

Area high-school students chosen by local voters will also display their talents as part of the Emerging Artists program. Eleven students from four schools were chosen this year to exhibit their work next to the professionals at this year’s festival.

A separate area will cater to the creativity of children, with hands-on sculpting in plaster and clay, scrap hats to be made, and a huge collaborative collage to assemble.

The Festival will be held May 4 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and May 5 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in Cottonwood Park, on the south side of West Belt Line between Cottonwood and Dogwood Drives. There is no cost to attend, however food and beverages (including spirits) will require money, and some children’s events have fees attached.