Monday, April 18, 2011

Dogwood Arts Continues: Market Square Art Fair

What I think of as the primary Dogwood Arts Festival event took place this weekend downtown. It is actually only one piece of many as the festival expands in many directions. This portion focuses on art and while it is called the Market Square Art Fair, it spilled on down Market Street where the food vendors and a few artists were located and it virtually filled Krutch Park.
Music and a view of the center booths on Market Square, Knoxville, April 17, 2011
While not all the art was for everyone, there was a wide range of art to appeal to most people from pottery to oil paintings, from metal objects to wood-working.
Glass art at the Market Square Art Fair, Knoxville, 2011

Pottery at the Market Square Art Fair, Knoxville, 2011

Booths lining Market Square, Knoxville, 2011
I wasn't able to attend the first two days, but the weather wasn't very good and I suspect attendance suffered. The final day brought absolutely gorgeous weather and solid, though not spectacular crowds. My shots are from the first hour and the last hour. I was told it was more crowded in between.
Award winning Art, Knoxville, 2011

A stick, a Spam can and music, Knoxville, 2011

Cheesy Vendors abounded, Market Square Art Fair, Knoxville, 2011
One of the amazing things about these events is how rapidly they seem to spring from the earth only to disappear as rapidly to make way for the next event. I realize, of course, many people work feverishly to make it all happen, but it is striking.
Glass Art, Market Square Art Fair, Knoxville, 2011

Metal Art, Knoxville, 2011

Impressive Dogs, Krutch Park, Knoxville, 2011
Though there are on-going events, the festival seems to lay a bit low for next weekend, I assume because it is Easter weekend. The last weekend in April is a big one with the parade on the 29th and the Chalk Walk (one of my favorite events) happening primarily the next day.
The Ledbetters, Market Square Art Fair, Knoxville, 2011

Market Square Art Fair, Knoxville, April 17, 2011

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