So, the day started well. As we were milling about for the running awards, we got to hear the exquisite classical guitar music of Stephanie Jackson!
Following the running awards ceremony, I headed to the juried arts awards ceremony at 9:30 AM. I was not overly optimistic about my chances in the juried show this year because there were some very nice pieces in the show. But, to my surprise, my piece entitled "Cancer" won best of show! Cool, cool! The award comes with a nice check. Sweet. I was especially surprised because "Cancer" was my least favorite of the three I that I entered, which also included "Mayan Awakening" and "Inquisitive Fish". Apparently, others agreed, as I had 3 folks interested in buying "Mayan Awakening", and indeed, by lunch time, it was sold! Good day! This year's juror was talented painter Nan Cunningham (www.nancunningham.com). Here is some info about Nan that I grabbed from the Starkville Arts Council web site. [An Auburn University graduate and faculty member of Arrowmont School, Tennessee, John C.Campell, North Carolina and The Alabama Art Education Center, Cunningham is in high demand for her creative workshops and expressive presentations. She happily shares the knowledge gathered in over 50 years before the easel and judges art competitions throughout the region. Jean Cocteau expressed Nan's philosophy nicely, "Art is not a past time but a priesthood."]
|Mayan Awakening - SOLD!|
|My piece, "Cancer" - Best of Show|
|my Inquisitive Fish below a beautiful painting of a barn|
|Joseph with a couple of friends at the juried show|
|some of the SHS choir|
|a view of the festival|
We hung all afternoon looking at art and listening to music and poetry. Joseph helped man a booth for a club he is in called Operation Smile. They are raising money for cleft palette research. Members of the club had made hand crafted gift items, such as magnets, bookmarks, and other similar items. They raised quite a bit of money!
|Operation Smile - Mrs. Wilson, Joseph, Julie MacGown, and Emily Damm|
After the festival, we headed to the MSU Amphitheater to listen to a band we like called Cage the Elephant. I saw a couple of my high school classmates, Jeanne Butler and Patty George (now Permenter) who were in town for the Super Bulldog Weekend. Hung out with them, and several thousand college aged students. Joseph quickly found his friends and I did not see any more of him during the concert. After three early bands, Cage the Elephant performed. Very cool. Lots of energy. That singer dude was a trip! Danced around like a leprechaun on crack. Love their music, and aside from the several thousand drunk or otherwise affected students, it was a a great concert!
Great day! Lots of art and music from sunup to almost midnight.