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Thursday, September 22, 2011

West End ARTSfest this Saturday!

What are your plans for Saturday? I'll be the roving photographer/multi-purpose volunteer at the Historic West End ARTSfest. Some of my favorite artists/creative types will be there, like Tiffany O'Brien, Steven Hopkins, Bennett Art Glass and photographer Jerald Winter (click their names for earlier posts). Come out for great art, entertainment, food, kids area and early Christmas shopping in the park!

10:00 AM: Event Welcome, Kick-off
Daylong:  Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts Kids' Craft area
11:00 AM: Sculpture Dedication in Grace Court with accompaniment by North Forsyth marching band drum line. 
11:30 AM: Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance performs excerpts from "Kiss of the Spider Woman" & "Evil Dead: The Musical"
12:00-2:00: Free carriage rides by Camel City Carriage Company
12:15-1:00 PM: Shades of Blue Band  
1:00 PM: Special Performance Art event featuring art by local artist Millicent Greason
1:30-2:00 PM: Winston-Salem Youth Chorus
2:15-3:00 PM: TV Yellow 
3:15-4:00 PM: Laurin Stroud & the Drafthouse Band
4:15-5:00 PM: Andi Reese 
Winston-Salem, NC, September 19, 2011 -- ARTSfest is a bi-annual, juried, fine arts and crafts fair held outdoors 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.

Thousands are expected to converge on Grace Court this September 24th for the fifth biennial West End ARTSfest. The art will be as compelling as ever, with several NC artists new to ARTSfest joining favorites from the original festival.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 performers and musicians serenade festival-goers throughout the day from the Grace Court gazebo, and children can participate in a special arts and crafts area hosted by the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art. Local eateries such as Camino Bakery, Blue Ridge Ice Cream, and the popular "Rib Man" and others will provide specialty foods and drink. Door prizes provided by the artists and local businesses are drawn throughout the day. Camel City Carriage will offer free carriage rides from 12:00-2:00 p.m.. This year the West End festival will also highlight some of its musical depth as upbeat sound joins upscale art in this uptown quarter. 
Winston Salem Theatre Alliance will enchant festival goers with excerpts from their upcoming performances of “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Evil Dead: The Musical,” before the band TV Yellow hits the gazebo stage and switches things up with their indie rock music. Veteran singer-songwriter Andi Reese will close the festival with her moody songs about life’s small but significant tribulations. 
A performance art event will feature art by local artist Millicent Greason. This year's Historic West End ARTSfest honored charity, Senior Services will be on-site offering information about their services.
ARTSfest draws around 2,000 attendees. The event is free. Current sponsors include the West End Neighborhood Association, Women in Art, The Winston-Salem Journal, Forsyth Woman Magazine, Forsyth Family Magazine, Skirt Magazine, Freedom Creative Solutions, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Old Winston Social Club, Fresh Feathers, Piedmont Federal Bank, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Leonard Ryden Burr, Metropolis Architecture and Kilpatrick Townsend. 
For more information about ARTSfest 2011, including how to volunteer, please go to  


1 comment:

  1. I look forward to seeing you there! I have been working like crazy getting ready. New paintings!