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A Hard Night’s Day to Headline Cottonwood Art Festival, October 6

Cottonwood Art Festival knows that art is more than just the visual arts. It’s also music, and the festival has invited Dallas’ A Hard Night’s Day to headline this fall with A Musical Tribute to the Beatles. The popular area band, winner of the 2009 Dallas Observer Music Awards Best Cover Band, has been together for 15 years.

The free festival will be held 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Sunday, October 6-7, 2012, at Richardson’s Cottonwood Park. The park is just east of the intersection of Beltline Road and Coit Road. Full details are available at www.CottonwoodArtFestival.com.

Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. This year approximately 1000 artists submitted their work for consideration. Jurors selected over 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work. All work exhibited at the festival is for sale.

Hard Night’s Day will be joined by other local bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Listen to the music while strolling around and appreciating the wide variety of artwork, or kick back in the courtyard, enjoy the shade by the lake, and be entertained. Food and spirits are also available for purchase.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Victor Andrada 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Marc Toussaint Combo 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
A Hard Night’s Day (A Musical Tribute to the Beatles) 2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
A Hard Night’s Day (A Musical Tribute to the Beatles)  4:30 – 6 p.m.
Shoot Low Sheriff 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Jump Billy Trio 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cursed Diamond (A Tribute to the Black Crowes) 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Acoustic Kitchen 2:30 – 4 p.m.
The John Adams Group 4:30 – 6 p.m.

There’s something for everyone at the festival. Families can visit ArtStop, Cottonwood Art Festival’s hands-on, interactive children’s area offering arts, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Although admission to the festival is free, some ArtStop activities require 1-4 tickets at $1 each, available at the event. ArtStop Activity Stations include:

Crazy Cool Caps — Let the kids show off their pint-sized personalities by creating their own over-the-top hat! There will be plenty of glitter, feathers, pompons, ribbon and foam shapes for all to use!

Throwin’ Mud — It’s ok for the kids to play in the mud at this activity station with Masta Potta, Mr. Kirby!

Canvas Classics — Be an artist by painting your very own canvas painting.

Wax Hands – give creativity a hand and capture your “sign language” in colorful wax.

Origami Art — Children will love this classic Japanese paper folding art. A number of options will be available.
The Big Picture — Kids can leave their mark on Cottonwood Art Festival by painting a piece on the Monster Mural!

Other ArtStop activities include Chalk Board Easels (for young children), Chisel Away (kids chisel on a large block of plaster) and Magnetic pieces (make a picture by adding magnets to large magnetic boards).

Cottonwood Art Festival’s 2012 Fall featured artist is Denise Greenwood Loveless of Irving, Texas. Greenwood Loveless’ art explores the frailty and imperfection of the human condition — the lines where light and dark converge. She is one of the festival’s 16 featured artists and will be representing the sculpture medium.

The Cottonwood Art Festival features some of the finest arts and crafts in the nation. The biannual event is rated as one of the top art festivals in the U.S. and generates more than $2 million in art sales each year. Exhibits in the juried show will include museum-quality work in 16 categories: 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Clay, Decorative Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Oil, Watercolor, Drawing/Pastel, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wearable Fiber, Wood and Leather.

For more information on Cottonwood Art Festival, go to www.CottonwoodArtFestival.com. Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors or making art of your own, Cottonwood has something for everyone. There’s an art to having fun!

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