Piney Woods Arts Festival 2014

Published 03/31 2014 09:32AM

Updated 03/31 2014 09:42AM

“Attending the Piney Woods Arts Festival is a great way to be inspired by art, whether you create it or just admire it.” These words by artist, Susan Boyles, sum up the views of the thousands of attendees and hundreds of artists who come to the festival each year. One of the oldest arts and crafts shows in the area, the Piney Woods Arts Festival, now in its 40th year, will again feature quality art and crafts, special displays, entertainment and a children’s fun center.

Festival attendees will discover fine art paintings and drawings including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil and mixed media works as well as glass, wood carving and photography. Decorative art offerings include pottery, jewelry, clothing, yard art and wood products. All items at Piney Woods are the original work of the artist.

A special exhibition will highlight Civil War History. Company E, 15th Alabama Infantry will display Civil War items and feature soldiers and ladies in period dress. The Weevil City Cruisers will host the 18th Annual Car Show (Saturday only). Up to 100 vintage cars will be on display. Also, local schools will display student art and photography. Musical entertainment is scheduled throughout each day and the Children’s Fun Center will delight children with inflatables, face painting, pony rides and carnival games.

Leslie Gates, an artist specializing in horses and Native American subjects, says “Piney Woods has always been a well-run and organized art show with a friendly helpful staff. The artists bring a great diversity of artwork styles and subject matter, and come from all over Alabama, as well as several surrounding states to be a part of Piney Woods."

Renowned Alabama artist John Warr states, “Since I began wildlife artwork in the early 80’s and added Civil War scenes in 1990, patrons of the Enterprise and Fort Rucker communities have been very supportive. I really enjoy the Piney Woods Arts Festival.”

Popular watercolor artist, Keith Newby, states “Attending the Piney Woods Arts Festival is the highlight of my year. My art is well received at the festival.”

Charles Adams, stained glass artist says “Piney Woods has a good selection of artists and I like it because it is a high quality, juried art show.”

Crafters of fine French and Italian styled metalwork, Van Outlaw and Paul Kuhn of Men of Iron, are “pleased with the wide selection of fine indigenous Southern arts and crafts at Piney Woods.”

Jared Baldwin, decorative stoneware and raku potter, says “the best part of the show is meeting the people!”

Garden potter, Jonathon Rudloff, “loves coming to the Piney Woods Arts Festival because of the friendly customers who appreciate unique items for their home or garden. Something interesting is always easy to find.”

New participant, Alberto Herrera, looks forward to displaying his glass mosaic designs and low relief sculptures.

The festival is on the running track for easy movement between artist booths. “Visit Piney Woods, buy some great art and craft items, hear a variety of musical entertainment, enjoy good food and see special displays. There really is something for everyone at Piney Woods.” states David Deal, festival chairman.

The festival is April 5, from 9 to 5 and April 6, from noon until 4, on the running track of Enterprise State Community College located in Enterprise at the intersection of Highway 167 South and the Boll Weevil Circle. For information, call the Coffee County Arts Alliance at 334-406-ARTS (2787). Free Admission.

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