The Franklin Parks Department held its annual Tennessee Children’s Art Festival in Pinkerton Park on Saturday with many young creatives eager to share their multimedia works with the world.
The event featured a variety of hands-on, craft and vendor workshops, such as t-shirt painting stations, professional makeup artists, balloon artists, a musical children’s zoo and more.
There was also a juried art exhibit that featured artwork submitted by local children. Each piece was judged for monetary prizes in the grade level and best in exhibition categories. Nine-year-old Asher Wheeler won Best Show and a $100 check for his watercolor depiction of a train.
“I started working with my neighbor, Mrs. Becky, and she learned from a famous Russian watercolourist,” he said. “So I want to be a watercolourist.”
Hundreds of people attended Saturday’s event.
Festival sponsors included Big Blue Marble Academy, Dreams Do Come True Princess Parties, Williamson County Parks and Recreation, Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission, Twine, Shuff’s Music and Donna Brevard, an affiliate broker for Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty.
“As a kid, you can walk into the festival and you walk out with many different projects and experiences,” Janey Mason, recreation supervisor for the Franklin Parks Department, previously told the Herald. “There are so many opportunities to get in there and get your hands dirty and really enjoy the day.”