Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 3, 2013

Second Annual Autumn Art Festival graces J'ville in late October

'Our council is devoting all it's time and efforts into making this one day an amazing experience for all who attend.'

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress


   On one groovy downtown Jacksonville street during a very fantastic day this month, the Autumn Arts Festival will blow your mind — 1960s style!

October is said to be a fantastic month for this 2nd-annual event, sponsored by the Jacksonville Area Art Council. The festival takes place in downtown Jacksonville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, officials said.

It is completely free to festival goers and is designed to include fantastic, unique art from artist all over East Texas — as well as great music with that aforementioned 1960s focus.

The festival will feature items such as hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, detailed digital artwork, and paintings composed in oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

Other items that can be found during the festival include collages, portraits, and “imaginary places turned real,” according to council announcements and literature.

“Our council is devoting all it's time and efforts into making this one day an amazing experience for all who attend,” council officials stated during a recent Craigslist post. “It will be a day to celebrate every kind of art there is with performances, musicians, artists of all kinds — and of course great food.”

Are you a lover of the arts? A collector and avid supporter of the same?

Whichever you may be, festival officials say there will be something there to capture your imagination and stir your interest.

“Attendance is free to all — and we would be absolutely delighted to see you there,” the post reads.

Council member Nancy Washburn said last year that she was absolutely amazed at the talent of participants.

“The festival is just another expression of art and (allows people) to have a cultural event for Jacksonville,” Washburn said.

She added that people can do their Christmas shopping at this event because of all the unique gift items for sale.

The festival will have booths for artist to display their exhibits. All work displayed must be original art produced by the artist.

There will be limited booths for artist exhibition. Artists can apply for a booth inside the activity center building or outside.

Inside booths are $50 with limited electricity and outdoor booths are $40 with no electricity available, according to announcements.