Stroll Hendersonville’s Main Street for Whirlwind of Art

By Dasha Morgan

Main Street of downtown Hendersonville will get transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring hundreds of artists and craftsmen. From 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 28th and 29th, talented vendors will be selling their fine art working, including paintings, clay, metal, wood, fiber, photography, jewelry, and many other mediums. Demonstrations will also be given throughout the festival. Olivia Schoeff will demonstrate acrylic painting techniques; while M. Rathsack will demonstrate the Raku potter process. This is a wonderful way to have a better understanding of the final product. And to keep the atmosphere festive, live music will be played throughout the show.

Donna Rainey’s striking photography, Jeff Pittman’s oil and acrylic paintings, Dan Goad’s naturalist watercolors, Brian Kuehn’s pastels, Janice Schmidt’s leather and fiber garments, Julie Merrill’s stunning jewelry, Larry Allen’s colorful stoneware vessels, whimsical animals by Karen Fincannon, and many other amazing vendors have brought their items to Hendersonville. They want to share their products with you. All you have to do is park you car and stroll down the street to see a wide variety of media.

The festival draws nearly 100 talented exhibitors, many living locally (Asheville, Pisgah Forest, Weaverville) but others from afar (St. Simon’s Island and Tucker, Georgia, and Gatlinburg, Tenn.) This is the 60th year that the Arts Council of Henderson County has participated in a festival, which has become known for its wonderful variety and quality. In 1959 the Art League of Henderson County created a Sidewalk Art Show to provide local artists the opportunity to show their work in a relaxed atmosphere while meeting the public to sell their paintings. The original show was two-dimensional work only.

Artists casually displayed their art on park benches and planters on Main Street in Hendersonville, while the public strolled the sidewalks. The Arts Council took ownership of the show in 2003, and artists working in various media, and from outside of our area, were invited to participate. Artists apply, and are juried, for quality in their body of work and professionalism in their presentation. Several Southern Highland Craft Guild members will be seen at this show. Guild member participants will include Paula Marksbury (fused glass) and Jim McGie (wood). “The Art on Main Committee is very pleased to have these artists participating in the show” says Kim Adams, Event Coordinator. “The fact they are Guild members means their work has already been deemed exceptional in craftsmanship and design.” ​

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