If the early interest is an indicator, the 2014 Folk to Fine Art Festival and Expo will be the largest in the three-year history of the event.
Scheduled for Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9, at the Commerce Civic Center, the art show has already attracted 18 confirmed entries, according to Denise McKay, Commerce’s Main Street manager and civic center manager.
“Some are individual artists and some are galleries,” McKay said Monday. “Several more have contacted me, but I’ve not received their paperwork yet.”
McKay added that commitments — fees paid — are “most definitely ahead” of the same time last year.
“We’re hoping to represent about 70 artists with galleries or booth space,” McKay said, adding that the festival can accommodate even more artists this year because both levels of the civic center will be available.
The event will start Friday night at 6, with a meet-the-artists reception from 7 to 9. The $15 ticket for that event provides admission Friday night, hors d’oeuvres, two beverages and readmission Saturday and Sunday. Single-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday will cost $7. Hours will be 10-5 Saturday and Sunday.
“We have a good many new artists,” McKay pointed out, naming people from Blairsville, Homer, Jasper and Chattanooga, TN.
The Promotions Committee of the Downtown Development Authority is in the process of creating a schedule of classes to be offered during the festival. There will also be a pottery demonstration, a watercolor class and pinch-pot classes.
“We are looking to develop more classes,” McKay said. “We’re also looking for volunteers to help.”
Booth space runs from $200 to $425 for artists or galleries. For information, to inquire about a booth or to volunteer, contact McKay at 706-335-6417 or visit the festival’s website at www.folk-finearts.com.