Edom Shares Art and More at Annual Fest
The small East Texas community of Edom readies itself for an influx of visitors for the twelfth annual Edom Festival of the Arts. Fine art, live music and plenty of food fill the festival grounds behind the resident artists’ studios on the one main street in town, Farm to Market Road 279. Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 20.
This juried show is known for having only high-quality, handmade, original art and crafts. Visitors express surprise at finding exceptional art in the middle of a meadow located in the center of this tiny hamlet.
A sampling of artists featured at this year’s fair are below.
Jason Hooper Studio Pottery
Jason Hooper is nine years into his life as a potter, looking forward to a lifetime working with clay in its myriad of forms. He works at his home studio creating wheel-thrown stoneware pottery that is functional and decorative.
Hooper’s inspirations come from abstract and traditional forms, usually with simple lines and geometric influences. These are complemented by rich glazes and glaze combinations where the overlap adds flow and depth to the surface, sometimes giving fluidity and other times finely accentuating the contours of a vessel.
Endangered Species Studio
Donald and Peggy Pimpler are husband and wife working together to create fun, quirky mixed media assemblies and sculpture from metal and found objects. Their studio and gallery, Endangered Species Studio is located in Cameron, Texas.
The Pimplers create mixed media pieces for the home and large metal sculptures for the yard or garden.
Vorakit Chinookoswong, known widely as V. Chin, has been crafting fine porcelain and stoneware pieces for over 30 years. A veteran of art festivals and gallery shows throughout Texas, Chin creates glossy stoneware vases, bowls, cups, and other pieces bearing his signature clay frog.
Striving for a balance between aesthetics and function, Chin’s goal is simply to create “good” ceramics. His subtle glazing adds an extraordinary level of elegance to his pottery.
In addition to great art the festival offers free concerts throughout the weekend.
Acoustic musicians roam the festival grounds playing traditional American music. Harpists entertain with Celtic music, while on stage a variety of Texas musicians play and sing original songs.
The festival provides fun for the entire family. A Kid’s Art area is free and helps children express their artistic talent through painting. They can take their masterpiece home with them, or donate it to become part of the festival gallery. Paintings and murals from previous years decorate the festival grounds.
Food vendors provide standard fair food including corn dogs, nachos, sausage on a stick, hamburgers, fried Twinkies, funnel cakes, and much more. Zemer’s homemade Root Beer brings their delicious, frothy beverage here for the first time. Cajun gumbo returns by popular demand as well as crowd-pleasing frozen tropical sorbet.
Admission to the festival is free. Handicap access is available at the gate, located at the corner of FM 279 and FM 314 South.
Edom is located halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, 20 miles west of Tyler. Take exit 540 off Interstate 20 and drive 10 miles south to Edom. More information and driving directions are available on www.EdomFestivaloftheArts.com.