What has to be the best festival weekend of the whole year is here – Kentuck.
They even made a slideshow of artists’ work:
…but if you don’t want to go through the entire slideshow, here are some press pics:
above: Martha Beadle, Florence AL
above: Steven Dark, Gulf Shores AL
above: Kathy Fetters, Gordo AL
above: George Jones Jr., Florence AL
above: Mark Knott, Suwanee GA
above: David Nagel, Jackson MS
above: Deborah Riffe, B’ham AL
above: Steve Terlizzese, Chattanooga TN
above: R. Michael Wimmer, Chattanooga TN
above: John Whipple, Winter Park FL
This is the 37th year of the festival – this year they will feature about 300 artists and expect 30,000+ visitors. The hours are 9am-5pm this coming Saturday and Sunday (October 18 & 19). Tickets are $10/day or $15/weekend pass.
Directions: From I-59/I-20 take exit 71B onto I-359/U.S. 69 North through downtown Tuscaloosa. Cross the Black Warrior River and take the first Northport exit. Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the exit. From there, travel five blocks to Kentuck Park, 3501 5th Street (1⁄2 mile west of Main Avenue). Fifth Street will be one-way from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m during the Festival weekend.
There is a children’s pavilion where they will have activities set up for shaping clay, marbleizing paper, tie-dying, making a self-portrait, pot throwing, corn shuck doll making, and more.
Eight bands will be performing and Diane Williams will be doing storytelling. I haven’t seen anything about the Gee’s Bend quilters being at the festival, but I know that Yvonne Wells and Bettye Kimbrell (who just won a 2008 NEA Heritage Fellowship) will be there. Also there but not in the slideshow or the press pics – but *huge*: Ab the Flagman, Jerry Brown, Chris Clark, Lonnie Holley, Missionary Mary Proctor, Sam the Dot Man, Charlie Lucas, Bernice Sims, Dr. Bob, Myrtice West, Annie T, Ruby Williams, and many others.
Please look for us and visit (I will be…you know…looking like I will be in labor any minute!…) there on Saturday!