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Escape to the Cottonwood Art Festival, May 4 and 5

Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival invites everyone to escape at the May 4-5, 2013, spring festival — ESCAPE: The Dallas Journey Tribute Band, that is. The band will headline the bi-annual arts festival on Saturday, May 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In addition to the fine art, music has long been part of Cottonwood’s appeal. ESCAPE, composed of veteran musicians, performs a popular musical tribute to the arena rock supergroup Journey ( The Dallas-based band has been together since 2006 and has performed at packed venues throughout Dallas/Fort Worth and across Texas. ESCAPE’s goal is get everyone off their chairs to sing along and dance to the positive message of Journey’s music.

Kim Polen of HarderBeat Magazine writes, “Dallas area Journey tribute band ESCAPE is a treat to see and hear…ESCAPE is a must see for all Journey fans,” and declares, “Take a Journey back in time with the hardest-working tribute band in town.”

The Cottonwood Art Festival takes place Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Cottonwood Park, located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX. Parking and admission are free. Artists ‘ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.

Fort Worth-born Michelle Mardis, who now makes her home in Florida, has been named featured artist for the spring festival. Her bold and unusual use of color creates an impact.

Children have their own escape — to ArtStop, Cottonwood’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 a small fee.

In addition to ESCAPE, other local bands will perform during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Listen to the music while strolling and appreciating a wide variety of artwork. Or escape to the courtyard, enjoy the shade by the lake, sit back and be entertained.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Merry Miller    10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Brown and Wild Reister: acoustic duo    11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Justin Cash&nbs p;   1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Aubrey Lynn England & Yellow Rose    3:45 – 5 p.m.
ESCAPE: The Dallas Journey Tribute Band    5:30 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Victor Andrada    10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Jump Billy Trio    12:30– 2 p.m.
Shoot Low Sheriff    2:30 – 4 p.m.
Spector’s Gun Collection    4:30 – 6 p.m.

Now in its 44th year, Richardson’s bi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected more than 240 artists from 1,400 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood.

Cottonwood Art Festival is more than just the art. The festival also features top local bands perform ing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Check out the courtyard, sit in the shade by the lake, relax and enjoy the music. Food and spirits are also available in the courtyard.

Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own,  Cottonwood has something for everyone, including mini-Picassos.

For more information, visit Cottonwood’s website at or visit on Facebook   at

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