Arts West End Festival Showcases Local Artists and Their Works

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Picture it. Local artists of all ages at Pendergraft Park on a late summer Saturday afternoon, showcasing their works and celebrating the culmination of The Unexpected.

On September 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. we will all be able to step into the picture and enjoy all types of work, during Arts West End.

Noted Van Buren sculptor Jason R. Davis will be carving stone during the event.

Students from Northside and Southside High Schools will show their small works on paper, and approximately 12 artists practicing a variety of media will have their pieces on display, for show and for sale, and area musicians will perform throughout the day.

Organizer Maggie Malloy explains, “We want all the artists to feel the pride of participating a major event like this. The Unexpected has awakened the creative spirit in our community and this show is meant to expose the public to some gifted artists who’ve been practicing their crafts for many years.”

Residents at area senior living facilities are also contributing to the festive environment. Six different groups are preparing ropes tied with colorful fringed rags that will be draped on the tents set up at the art show.

Cara Young, activity director at Peachtree South, says at least 10 women have been working steadily since the end of July to complete their portion of the project.

Young explains, “We’re excited about being asked to help. This project gives our residents something to do with their hands. The women are looking forward to going to the art show, listening to the music, talking with artists, and seeing how their project fits within the scope of the festivities.”

Malloy says residents from Hope’s Creek and Legacy Heights Retirement Center, in Van Buren are participating in the project to decorate the tents. In Fort Smith, Brookdale Senior Living Center, Methodist Village, and Butterfield Place are helping prepare the decorative embellishments.

The day of the show, participating students will be creating chalk art works on sidewalks in and around the park.

Malloy knows from experience that the final Saturday of The Unexpected attracts thousands to the downtown area. Everyone wants to talk about and be part of the newest murals that have been unfolding before our eyes.

“Arts West End is a punctuation point on our community’s celebration of the arts. We take pride on including all ages and experience levels. We invite people down to Pendergraft Park on Saturday to enjoy the music, support and encourage our local artists, to learn from them and, perhaps, decide to embrace their own creative spirits.”

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