Artists to be featured during Celebrating Brewton weekend

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Local artists will be featured at an “Evening of the Art,” one of many events to help celebrate both the 125th anniversary of Brewton and the 30th anniversary of the Alabama Blueberry Festival.

The artists’ showcase is among several events set for the weekend of June 18-20. The city’s “Celebrating Brewton” anniversary weekend coincides with the state Department of Tourism’s yearlong Celebration of Small Towns and Downtowns.

The Evening of Art at the Hourglass kicks off at 5 p.m., before the Brewton Music Festival begins at 7 p.m.

Judy Crane, director of the Greater Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce, said the art event will give local artists the opportunity to be featured.

“There is a cost of $25 to the ‘Evening of Art’ but it will be returned as ‘funny money’ that can be used to make a purchase at the art show or can also be used the next day at the Blueberry Festival,” Crane said. “The $25 will also cover light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Some of the local artists are Shannon Brantley, Jim Gay, Megan Lisenby, Catie Fountain Radney, Ashley Chavers, Jackie Jackson, Wende McConaughy, Emilie Wesley, Louise Garrett, Clay Lisenby and Trisha McDonald. Some of them will be at the Festival the next day, but some won’t. We will have artists that paint, do pottery and other types of art, so there will be a variety of items for sale or show.”

Tickets for this event may purchased at the door, the chamber office, the Cracked Pot. Bank of Brewton, BankTrust, BB&T, Brewton Mill Federal Credit Union, First Exchange Bank, First Progressive Bank, Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union and Regions Bank.

In addition to the artists’ showcase, the Blueberry Festival weekend will feature a concert with Rusty Golden and Friends; the annual Blueberry Festival at Burnt Corn Creek Park, complete with arts and crafts, food, a car and motorcycle show, and activities for children; an outdoor movie; and fireworks.

For information on any of the events for the weekend, contact the chamber office at 867-3224.