MEMPHIS, TN – Sept. 27, 2019 – The 13th annual RiverArtsFest highlights local and regional artists with a juried Artist’s Market, artistic demonstrations and hands-on art activities 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Jefferson Avenue.
Admission on Saturday is $5 per person and is free after 5 p.m. Admission on Sunday is $5 a person with children 10 and under admitted free. Race for the Cure participants receive free entry with race bib. Festival patrons will be stamped to allow for come/go access
The Artists Market will host more than 180 juried fine artists from across the country and will feature original works in painting, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, drawing, decorative and wearable fiber and leather, digital art, graphics and printmaking, 2D & 3D mixed media, jewelry, metal works and sculpture. The 2019 festival poster by artist Pinkney Herbert will be for sale at the festival’s merchandise booths and at the Art Center in Midtown.
The RiverArtsFest Invitational Art exhibit, featuring works by well-known artists Jami Hooper, Lester Jones, Juan Rojo and Catherine Vaughn and emerging artists Kelly Owens, Shanna Taggart and Heidi Walter, will open Oct. 8 and run through Nov. 1 at ANF Architects, 1500 Union Avenue. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hands on Art, sponsored by the Art Center, feature an interactive station for artists of all ages to express their creative energies.
Artists at Work is a demonstrations station that will show papermaking, wheel pottery, watercolor painting, woodturning, fused glass, metal sculpture and more.
Art Bars featuring full bar and signature cocktails created by Old Dominick Distillery will be stationed throughout the festival. Other beverages and food will be available for purchase.
Live music will take place with performances by Tropical Fusion, Abbye West Pates, Avon Dale, John Mohead, City Mix, Devan Yanik, vicki Loveland & Van Duren, Terry “Big T” Williams, Yearwood and Ford, Wyly Bigger, Joyce Cobb, Lights May Flicker, Jimi’s People, Tennessee Mass Choir, Elmo and the Shades, Beth Luscombe Strings, Misti Rae, Jamie Baker, and Dueling Pianos.
For more information, visit www.riverartsmemphis.org.
RiverArtsFest is presented this year by Orion FCU and supported by ArtsMemphis, AutoZone, First TN Foundation ArtsFirst, Start Co., Juice Plus, ServiceMaster by Stratos, Bass Berry & Sims, ANF Architects, Hemline Tailored Brand Strategies, Art Center, Downtown Memphis Commission and Old Dominick Distillery.
RiverArtsFest, a 501(c)3 organization, is governed by a Leadership Committee of volunteers from the business, arts and civic sectors, as well as a Board of Directors. All profits go back into growing the festival and cultivating the arts community in Memphis. In addition to providing BFA and MFA merit scholarships to Rhodes College, University of Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College, Christian Brothers University and Memphis College of Art, RiverArtsFest has extensive programs serving children and youth of all abilities in Shelby County, as well as a program to mentor emerging artists. The festival’s year-round education programs, Art in the Making and the Special Resources Fund, are focused on the visual arts and started as ways to extend the festival’s impact beyond the event.
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Aimee C. McMillin