The Allen Arts Alliance Fine Arts Festival at Watters Creek returns for its 5th year in May with over sixty juried artists, children’s activities, live music, entertainment, and more.
Show Dates: 5/10/13 – 5/12/13
The always popular, resort-style venue, Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, is known for its restaurants, shops, and beautiful park-like setting. The weekend of May 10th though 12th, Watters Creek will also turn into an art-lover’s mecca, with tented artist booths lining Village Green Drive and adjacent streets for the 3-day festival. Gallery-quality artwork will be on display and for sale, featuring a variety of media and styles, from paintings and sculpture to jewelry and photography. Festival visitors will also have a chance to see artwork from talented local high school students.
Amongst the artists who will be exhibiting is Frisco fine art photographer William Paul Harris, whose work has been featured in local and international publications and can be seen throughout the Metroplex. Harris’s photography honors the sublime in the everyday, from the contours of a vintage roadster, to the serenity of a nighttime skyline, to what he calls the “obscure and fascinating” beauty of Texas.
Prize-winning artist Helen Bailey will showcase her beautiful illustrations during the festival weekend. Much of Bailey’s work features horses and animals and often exudes a country spirit. Festival-goers will be awed by this talented artist’s photo-realism and sensitive portrayal of her subjects.
Jeweler James Sandoval is returning to the festival with his elegantly handcrafted designs that feature gold, silver, semiprecious and precious stones. The timeless artistic traditions of the Southwest inspire this New Mexico native, but Sandoval adds his own creative and contemporary flair to his jewelry and accessories for men and women.
The festival continues its tradition as an event for the whole family. Children will have the chance to be artists for the day as they visit art and craft stations, staffed by local elementary art teachers, and make sculptures, weavings, stained glass crafts, chalk art, and more. The children can also collaborate on a community sculpture that will evolve over the festival weekend. Art teacher Melissa Haynes describes the project as an opportunity for “artists, young and old, conservative and adventurous, to work together to create artwork that represent themselves not only as individuals, but as a whole community.”
Live music and entertainment will fill the air during the festival weekend, with performances for all musical tastes. The Allen High School jazz band will bring their celebrated sounds for all to enjoy. Allen’s own Note-ably North Texas Chorus will offer their barbershop melodies. Saturday evening’s Concert by the Creek will feature the cover band Diva G playing the hits from the 70s to today. Allen’s Community Theater will turn Watters Creek into their stage with skits to delight festival visitors.
For more information, “like” the Allen Arts Alliance page on Facebook to see the schedule of events, including the “Meet the Artist” reception, featured artists, make-and-take children’s activities, and the line up of musical and theatrical events. Also, visit the Allen Arts Alliance website at www.allenartsalliance.org or call 972-727-7272.
–from the News from the Allen Arts Alliance