Monday, April 18, 2016

Cotton District Arts Festival 2016 - recap of our adventure

Joe MacGown (green shirt) and Joseph MacGown (photo by Sarah Dutton)

Whew! It was a long day. We unloaded our stuff at about 6 PM, then spent a while setting up our tent to be ready for the 9 AM festival start. This is only the second festival that Joseph and I have done, and we had more space to spread out at the first one (Prairie Arts Festival), so it took us a while to figure out how to pack our stuff in. Finally got it done though and I think it looked good. Unfortunately, I was so busy I did not take a picture of our setup. But, our awesome photographer/journalist friend, Sarah Dutton, took a couple for us. 

Joe MacGown (green shirt), Anastasia Elder, and Joseph MacGown (photo by Sarah Dutton)
Joe MacGown (green shirt) and Joseph MacGown (photo by Sarah Dutton)
The morning started off misty, but the rain stayed away, and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Lots of folks were in attendance, and we had a steady flow of people, many of whom purchased prints and cards and other stuff. We were located near the east side of the festival, and in retrospect, I would say that perhaps a central location would have been better, as many people never made it down to our end. But, despite this, it was a great day for us and we were more than busy! 

Joe MacGown with Nel Slaughter
I also had good luck in the juried show winning first place in the Painting/Drawing division with my large piece entitled "Board of Alderman". The folks working the juried show said it was the overwhelming crowd favorite! I don't know if that was true, but I got some very positive feedback from that piece and my other one in the juried show, "As Above, So Below."

Board of Alderman, by Joe A. MacGown - 1st Place in Painting/Drawing Division

Thanks to Starkville Area Arts for a great festival, to the Camps for their cooperation in hosting this tremendously successful event, and to my friend Mark Wood at Chalet Arts for the great quality printing and framing of our works! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cotton District Arts Festival on April 16, 2016

Tomorrow morning, 16 April 2016, my son Joseph and I will have a tent full of prints, postcards, original artwork, and copies of my art book for sale! Come see us. Booth 335 on East University Drive.

A painting by Joseph MacGown

large mixed media drawing by Joe MacGown
I will also have two pieces of art in the Juried Exhibition, which is a part of the festival. Juried show reception is at 9:30 AM in the Visual Arts Building on University Drive east of Bulldog Burgers. Come view the spectacular art in this show! This year's juror is sculptor James Davis, who does beautiful abstract metal works. It will be interesting to see what this sculptor thinks of my detailed weirdness.