Hoover’s Moss Rock Art Festival turns 16
Hoover’s Moss Rock Festival is hosting a special Sweet 16 night for the city’s beloved art and nature festival. This year’s festival, which runs from November 6 to 7, will continue its tradition of presenting festival-goers with a multitude of talented local and regional artists. A new venue, the Hoover Met Complex, will host more than 150 artists, as well as other exhibitors focused on nature and sustainable living, a dozen food and drink vendors, a live music stage, a workshop children’s crafts and the return of the ever – popular beer garden.
The Moss Rock Festival has been a must-see fall festival for the people of Hoover and beyond since its very first festival weekend in 2005. Since then it has only grown to include more exhibitors and more. of ways to explore nature, intelligent life, art and design. At the festival, discover works by artists representing a wide range of media, from woodworking and glassblowing to watercolors, photography and ceramics. This year’s special exhibition “Landscapes | Our Alabama ”features large-scale photographs of Alabama’s natural wonders by six renowned Alabama photographers.
Despite its excellence in the visual arts, the festival does not end there. Find poetry from Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley M. Jones, as well as other Alabama writers inside the Alabama Poet Laureate Tent. She will perform her poetry live on the Crescent Stage on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The stage will also host performances by local bands and artists, including Hope Wendell, Rude and True, Orange Bunny, MUAD, the Alabama School of Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble, Toll Free Redmon, Dala Dance Company and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
One of the best things about the Moss Rock Festival is its commitment to art that touches every sense. For those looking to explore the culinary arts, tickets to the 10th Beer Garden are a must. At the Beer Garden, appreciate the artistry of craft brewers as you sample beer from nearly 30 breweries and cider houses located in and around Alabama. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Moss Rock’s Café has local food trucks like Encore Rouge gourmet street food, fire-roasted corn from Aww Shucks, Tamale Queen, and Rae Rae’s Catering, with favorites from the fall festival like Polish Dogs, Philly Cheese Steaks and Nachos.
Need more conviction? Check out our look at three talented artists participating in this year’s festival.
Virginie nelson | 2D mixed media
Born and raised in Birmingham, Virginia Nelson came home after graduating from Auburn University’s Graphic Design program. After traveling around the world for an advertising agency in New Zealand, she returned to Magic City to create art on her own terms. In addition to her commercial graphic design work with local brands like Ghost Train Brewing and Boehm Brokers, she specializes in ethereal abstract pieces, as well as adorable pet portraits and colorful fish paintings. Find his art at booth 237.
Donny Barnes | 3D digital
A perfect example of the intersection of art and design, digital artist Donny Barnes creates unique 3D printed topographic landscapes through his 3D business Adventure Maps. Popular locations include some of the country’s most famous national parks, such as Death Valley, Great Sand Dunes, and Rocky Mountain National Park. However, Donny’s work also touches a little closer to home with other custom 3D maps documenting local hiker hotspots like Oak Mountain State Park and Ruffner Mountain. Find his work at booth 312.
Inga & Evija | Fibers Arts + Design
The work created by artists Inga and Evija is truly one of a kind. Artists, designers and recyclers make accessories and fashion items by hand using upcycled, recycled and environmentally friendly processes. From vividly patterned tote bags to tongue-in-cheek wallets, everything the Atlanta, Georgia-based duo creates has a whimsical and irreverent appeal. Find their work at booth 313.
Tickets for the Moss Rock Festival are $ 10 in advance and $ 12 at the door.
(Courtesy of SoulGrown)