Wednesday, October 03, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Coweta Artist Kay Moore Admitted to Mecca Fest

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
 October 3, 2007
Coweta Artist Kay Moore Admitted to Mecca Fest in Carrollton
     One of the indicators of the burgeoning cultural renaissance in the Southside counties was the opening several years ago of the magnificent Carrollton Cultural Arts Building and one of the most prestigious arts events on the Southside has become the annual Mecca Fest held there, and to which few artists are invited to participate.  One of those so honored is Kay Moore of Newnan, the owner and resident artist of Sookie's Glass Art Studio.
     Below is the Mecca Fest announcement followed by some of the art works Moore will be displaying there:
Mecca Fest
The festival features fine artists from across the country who have been chosen by a jury process to participate. Lots of food, children's activities and entertainment including a free feature film in the theatre that is suitable for families! Admission to the festival is free. Call 770-838-1083 for more information.
The mission of the Mecca Fine Art and Fine Craft Festival is to highlight a community of artists and the historic city of Carrollton in a downtown festival. The festival will accomplish this by showcasing the highest quality local and national artists within a setting of activities and entertainment for patrons of all ages.
The Carrollton Artist Guild, with sponsorships from Art and Expression Magazine, Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic, Community Foundation of West Georgia, The University of West Georgia, The Georgia Council For The Arts, Carroll EMC, and many others will present an extraordinary opportunity for patrons to view and purchase high quality works of art from over 70 artists from across the nation as well as approximately 30 local artists in an open market atmosphere. In addition, there will be will be live demonstrations including glass blowers from Georgia Southwestern State University, children's activities, musical entertainment and a free feature film in the theatre suitable for families.
Patrons may choose to dine at the numerous restaurants surrounding the art center in historic Adamson Square or may enjoy eating on site at "Jerry's Diner" a fifties-style concession stand that has items for every taste including sirloin burgers, all beef hot dogs, crab cakes, gator bites, popcorn chicken and shrimp, and homemade lemonade. A special art show in the Galleria will feature artwork from local school children. Children participating in the exhibit may pick up a prize ticket at the information booth and be eligible for a drawing. (Please ask teachers or art center staff for details.)
Over $5,000 in cash will be awarded to the Mecca artists. Patrons may also participate in presenting an award of their own through the Patron Purchase Program.
The Carrollton Cultural Art Center announces the return of Patron's Purchase Awards for this years' MeccaFest Fine Arts Festival.  This program has been highly received by those participating in previous years as well as encouraging particaption from over 60 visiting artists from across the United States. 
This is how the program works. Patrons purchase award ribbons which will have their name or business printed on it.  These are issued in $50 increments, with the full purchase amount going to the artist whose work the Patron selects.  The Patron  is able to "award" that artist their ribbon, which is displayed throughout the festival.
The Patron also receives $50 in "Mecca Bucks" for each award to spend with each winning artist they select.  In addition to shopping early for their selection of artwork, all participating Patrons are invited to meet the artists at the Friday night Opening reception at the loft home of Tom and Jan Nielsen.
Since each artist's acceptance into the festival has been juried, the quality of artwork and craftsmanship remains very high and collectable. Knowing that the local patrons support the festival through early sales, many artists are encouraged to return yearly for this taste of "Southern Hospitality".  Not all festivals offer as many opportunities for the towns-people and artists to interact and socialize with one another, and this fact alone promises continued success.
This year also, "Mecca Bucks Gift Certificates" are available to those who wish to give the award to another person as a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion gift.  (You can even purchase them as Christmas Gifts for next year's festival) Admission into the festival is free.  Come early, enjoy the atmosphere of an open market festival, good food, entertainment, and fabulous art. The Carrollton Cultural Arts Center is located at 251 Alabama Street Carrollton, GA. Patrons Purchase Awards may be obtained by contacting the Cultural Arts Center at 770-838-1083.
Admission to the festival is free. Call the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center at 770-838-1083 for more information or visit the Mecca web site through this link.
Here are photos and titles of works that will be available for sale in Carrollton:
Flamenco Queen
"Rocky" – ASCA/AKC Ch NiteStar's Eye of the Tiger
Elegant Water Lily
Adderley Bouquet
Staffordshire Spring

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