New one-day art festival looking for artists | Entertainment

LIBERTY — As Liberty’s art scene continues to grow, local artist and business owner Shawn Garland with The Artisan Market has created Art on the Side, a one-day festival. The festival will be held June 11 in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot at 118 N. Main St. in Liberty.

Garland hopes to attract more artists to participate in the event. There are 50 places for artists with 20 free places remaining, she said.

“It’s a jury show,” she explained. “We have good artists as well as makers. Makers are those who are fiber artists, wood and metal workers, … the one big question in all of this is that the works are original pieces. “

Artist submissions are due June 1 and can be found at There are also four sponsored spaces for emerging artists, Garland said.

“These people are taking part in an art exhibition for the first time,” she said. “They may be 18 or 66. The idea is to give a little boost to four new artists.”

Emerging artists should submit images of their work and requests for consideration to [email protected] by May 24.

The day-long festival begins early at 8 a.m. to partly coincide with Liberty Inc.’s historic downtown farmers’ market.

In addition to the artwork to browse, there will be live music and art demonstrations including paint pouring and staining. The day ends at 7 p.m.

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Reggie S. Williams