One Bridge Folk Art Festival returns Oct. 4-5

1 10 2008
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 , 10:32 a.m.

The 3rd annual One Bridge Folk Art Festival will add to the celebratory spirit of the North Shore on Oct. 4 and 5.

Hosted by Winder Binder Gallery of Folk Art owner David Smotherman, the festival will be held in the Frazier Avenue parking lot adjacent to the Walnut Street Bridge.

“It’s just like a big party out there,” said Mr. Smotherman. “There’s not that pretension.”

As a regular host of art events such as Who-Fest and Art ‘til Dark, Mr. Smotherman welcomes the opportunity to present the public with a more intimate and focused folk art festival.

He said such an atmosphere is one favored by folk artists and their fans, himself included.

“It’s like an art reunion for the artists themselves,” said Mr. Smotherman, who handpicked the artists who will be exhibiting. “It’s my favorite because it’s all old friends.”

New friends are likely to join in the creative fun, as One Bridge will overlap with Wine Over Water on Saturday. Mr. Smotherman purposefully chose to have his festival intersect with the wine tasting that leads people toward the Winder Binder parking lot.

“You always want to do a show at the same time something else big is going on,” said Mr. Smotherman, confident in the crowd that will be drawn to the weekend events. “People who go to do a wine tasting are the people who enjoy art.”

The 20 exhibiting artists will offer a wide variety of work priced to suit every collector. Such is the aim of most folk art, which is at its core whimsical, accessible and, for the most part, affordable.

Buyers will have the option to purchase prints of the festival’s poster, which was designed by Charles “Niznik” Clendenin. Mr. Clendenin’s work depicts a vibrant Walnut Street Bridge, and 50 limited edition prints will be available for purchase.

Jewelry will also be for sale alongside paintings and drawings at the rain or shine event.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. The closing times are loose, according to Mr. Smotherman, who recognizes the nature of most swinging parties.

For more information visit winderbinder.wordpress.com.

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