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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas

The Cottonwood Art Festival is an art lovers tradition located north of Dallas in a community called Richardson.  It is rated as one of the top art festivals in the United States and a jewel for North Texas. It feels like a neighborhood festival with so many people bringing their dogs for a stroll or their children in the stroller viewing the colors from a child's perspective.  There's a lot of stimulus for the young and old because 240 artists from areas all over the United States come to share their creativity.
The competition is fierce for artists to even show their talent because they compete with 800 submissions.   A jury decides who comes to the Cottonwood Art Festival.  The artists compete in several categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings, Pastels, Fiber, Glass , Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood.

 It's located in a beautiful North Texas setting on a canal of water.
Ducks are swimming as if to say come and enjoy the creativity of minds.  It's a river of art waiting to be explored.
The first artist that caught my eye does wonderful things with the medium of clay and color. Randy O'Brien  finds pleasure in exploring infinite possibilities in ceramics.



  He has done thousands of clay tests to achieve his goal.  He melts different materials at different temperatures to achieve his results.  
The glazes he uses takes his work a step further from a 2 dimensional surface to a 3 dimensional surface.  

Elizabeth Dunlap awakens the soul as she uses glass and metal to create sculptures of art.  
A combination of steel, aluminum, copper, brass,and bronze are her canvas for sculptures she creates.  
 Glass is the main focus of her creations because it acts like a backdrop to color.  Her pieces sparkle with individuality and luminescence.  Love and light are her goal as each person takes home a piece of energy.
Time clicks as Martin Design Works creates artistic expressions of time passing through space.  Martin works with his wife to display a gallery of wall clock art.  Although Martin repeats styles they are never exactly the same.  His color palette varies with the time piece.  I  loved it so much I bought the wall art for my husband to celebrate his 35 years with the same company.  
Creative art sparkles with colors of the rainbow as you stroll the lanes of Cottonwood Art Festival.
Thank you Cottonwood Festival Volunteers who help sponsor a wonderful event each year.
Artists pack up at the end of the day of creative expression.  It's time to carefully pack each precious item so the next festival will be successful.  

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Cinderella K said...

We had a lot of last minute decorations to add, and the staff was eager and willing to help. The food at event venues was amazing. They have extremely unique and tasty food. Also this place has great views and beautiful big rooms.

Sandra Kent said...

Looking forward to the next Cottonwood Art Showcase!