Winnsboro Fine Art Market Offers Art, Wine and More
The second Winnsboro Fine Art Market is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, with juried arts and crafts, artist demonstrations, live music, wine garden, student exhibit, and a kids’ zone.
More than 50 artists – maybe as many as 75 – will line their booths along Market and Elm streets in downtown Winnsboro’s Cultural Arts District, including jewelers, painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, and others. There is also an exhibit featuring works by Winnsboro ISD students.
There will also be live music at the historical train depot. Saturday’s lineup is Chandler Apel (11 a.m.); Shannon Monk and Kurt Bittner (noon); Kevin Tinney, Mia Tallant, and Gus Gustafson, known as KMG (1 p.m.), Tami Hix (2 p.m.), and Emmeline (3 p.m.) The Sunday lineup is Jack Ainsworth (noon), Daniel Craft with Alex Orelchikov (1 p.m.), Peter and Kayla Alewine (2 p.m.) and Cole Risner (3 p.m.)
The wine garden – a first this year – will be open from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday in a tent on the Depot grounds.
Various hands-on activities will be available for children, supervised by volunteers from C.H.E.S.S., a local group of home-school families.
The art market debuted in 2009 but was not held in 2010 – a fact that attendees lamented.
“We are so delighted to hear of the return of the Winnsboro Fine Arts Festival,” said Jean Griner from Duncanville. “We loved the inaugural one and bought several items. Most of all it was fun. It is on our calendar for 2011.”
Marianne Reavis from Winnsboro was a volunteer at the first art market.
“I was amazed at the quality and variety of art, the flawless management of the event, and the overall success of a first-time event,” she said. “I am excited to see the event return for 2011 and am very confident that it will be even more spectacular.”
Something else new this year is the “VIP artists” concept. These are artists who donated art valued at $100 or more for an “art dash” at the kickoff patrons’ dinner for sponsors and guests – and the VIP artists – on Friday evening. Tickets for the dinner are $60.
Attendees can buy tickets for $75 each, with a number on each ticket that will be randomly drawn from a hat. When that buyer’s number is drawn, he or she will have 60 seconds to pick one of the donated pieces of art.
Confirmed VIP artists are Kat Kramer and Bobby Adair (jewelers), Joe Friddle (painter), Cindy Fuqua (potter), Hal and Georgia Gibson (potters), Joseph and Bobby Hopps (collectable birdhouses), Janet Kaslon (fiber), Bobbye Koncak (painter), Karen May (painter), Sandra McCurry (painter), Georgia Moore (potter), Becky Pickett (fiber), Martin Pothier (photographer), Terri Richards (jeweler), Barbara Richert (painter, Linda Shreeve (painter), Bonnie Sir Kegian (sculptor), Tom Stovall (wood), Joe Synan (painter), Kim Walker (photographer), Lacy Weyler (jeweler), and Deborah Wood (photographer. Others are being added to the list.
“This is a place to get up close and personal with the artists, to visit with them in a small-town, friendly atmosphere,” said organizer Mary Smith. “It’s also a good opportunity for area artists to get some exposure, to have a place to sell their work.”
Downtown Winnsboro has several fine restaurants serving everything from snacks to complete dinners. In addition, several food vendors will be serving at the Depot throughout the art market.
Admission is free. Market hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 903.347.3438 or go to www.winnsboroart.com.