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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Historic West End ARTSfest Announces Cover Artist

The organizers of the 2011 West End ARTSfest are proud to announce that its panel of esteemed judges has chosen Patrick Robertson, of Charlotte, North Carolina, as the cover artist for printed event materials. Her "Happy Lizard" will grace event ads, posters and event T-shirts.

Robertson attended Central Piedmont Community College and Winthrop University. She has experimented and worked with countless materials, beginning her craftscareer as a ceramic artist. After two decades of clay, she experimented with papier mache, "but it didn't satisfy the ceramicist in me," she said. After much experimentation she developed a technique using a paper pulp and paper clay mixture over a paper wrapped wire armature. This smooth surface provided the perfect canvas for her highly detailed and patterned surfaces.

"I began creating art work out of any material available at an early age. Though I loved to draw and paint, three dimensional works enthralled me," said Robertson. As a student of nature, a Jill of many trades, Robertson has integrated the iconography of her previous vocations into her works. Organic forms germinated from the time spent tending sheep. Building houses forged a fondness for angles and planes. Farming inspired the merging of organic and angular shapes. Archaeology infused her work with cross-cultural images and she continues to see new translations of everyday experiences in her work.

Robertson is currently a member of The Charlotte Art Collective, Piedmont Craftsmen and Carolina Designer Craftsmen.

ARTSfest is a bi-annual, juried, fine arts and crafts fair held outside in beautiful Grace Court in the historic West End neighborhood of Winston-Salem, scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, September 25th.

The event will exhibit over 60 fine artists from across North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Florida and Ireland, working in jewelry, paint, ceramics photography, fiber, wood, metal, sculpture and glass. Local musicians serenade festival-goers throughout the day from the Grace Court gazebo, and children can participate in a special arts and crafts area. Local restaurants provide specialty foods and drink. ARTSfest draws around 2,000 attendees. The event is free. Current sponsors include the West End Neighborhood Association, The Winston-Salem Journal, Forsyth Woman Magazine, Forsyth Family Magazine, Skirt Magazine, Freedom Creative Solutions and Fresh Feathers.

For more information about ARTSfest 2011, to become a sponsor or to volunteer, please visit

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