October 18, 2008 at 7:59 pm 3 comments

Finally!  Kentuck!  I have heard about this art festival for years, and it didn’t disappoint. The day was gorgeous, and the venue perfect.  Northport, Alabama is just north of Tuscaloosa, with a great old downtown and picturesque festival grounds.  There are hundreds of artists (no dealers) with tents/booths among the cedar trees.  While many I have seen on the professional art fair scene, there are a large number of contemporary folk artists as well.

Of course, arguments can point out that once you are aware of art festivals and showing at them you have been “tainted” in some way.  But I don’t want to argue that. I believe if the art speaks to you. it speaks to you…labels be damned.
But with that said, there were a surprising number of artists that were there that are top notch, and with friends and family there to help them navigate the business of art. I was in heaven and had a unique opportunity to meet folks that I have only read about…oh if this just wasn’t a recession roadtrip, my car would be much much fuller.  Here are a few of the folks (and faces to put with the art) that I did get to meet or re-greet (there are so many..):
Charlie Lucas:
Sam the Dot Man McMillan:
Betty Sue Mathews:
Ruby Williams:
Lonnie Holley:
Yvonne Wells:
Chris Clark:

Entry filed under: ab the flagman, alabama, betty sue matthews, charlie lucas, chris clark, kentuck, lonnie holley, northport, ruby williams, sam the dotman mcmillan, yvonne wells.

Billy Tripp’s Minefield in Brownsville TN Joe Minter’s African Village in America

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. takinanap  |  October 19, 2008 at 7:56 am

    great pix! thanks for the glimpse into kentuck. so glad you got pix of yvonne wells and sam mcmillan – two of my favs.

  • 2. MiMi  |  October 19, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Enjoyed this post so much! Sam looked so happy!

  • 3. Beverly Kaye Gallery  |  October 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Your photos of Kentuck are great. I really missed the hunt, the food and the music this year, but the photos of Charlie Lucas and Lonnie Holly made me feel I was there.


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