The Cotton South Fine Arts Festival @VisitMadisonGA

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Beautiful and historic Madison, Georgia will be the place for fine art lovers this fall, as The Cotton South Fine Arts Festival makes its debut Sept. 28-29.

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The show will bring the works of more than 120 artists to the downtown area, The Cotton South Fine Arts Festival will be the first of its kind in the Lake Country, says Tim Reilly, festival organizer. Reilly has sought out and invited niche artists whose medium spans oil, pastels, watercolor, sculpture, glass, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, photography and metalwork. In all, 23 different categories of work will be featured at the festival.

Nationally and regionally renowned artists like Anne London, Jean Yao, Frank Strunk III and Thomas Lott will be coming to Madison for the first time, and Reilly is rolling out the red carpet in anticipation of a great show of gallery-quality work.

The show is expected to draw artisans from all over the nation; the show’s name,The Cotton South, gives this festival a distinctive Southern flavor. Many of the festival’s artists already call Georgia home, including Aaron Hequembourg of Monticello, Peggy Martin of Buckhead, Len Jagoda of Waverly Hall, and Charles Pinckney of Athens.Artwork will be displayed in tents, but their gallery-like settings will give festival-goers the feeling of visiting an array of exquisitely arranged art galleries, Reilly says.

A wine preview reception for the show artists and sponsors will be held on Friday evening. There will be a variety of food offered for purchase during the festival, including gourmet offerings from vendors such as Town 220 Restaurant.

Sponsors of the festival include Reilly’s company, High-Horse Productions LLC, Vivid Events, Smith Communications, Madison Perk Avenue, and Town 220 Restaurant. Admission is $10, and children under 12 years old are free. Tickets include a special discount at Madison restaurants, shops and accommodations. The Cotton South Fine Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

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  1. Self Sagacity says

    Arts festivals are so much fun. Lucky for those who can go or live nearby. We have art festivals here, but probably not of that same caliber.

  2. Becky Lyons Borgia says

    I live in Georgia, but sadly do not even know where Madison is. Time to go use Google Maps!

  3. That sounds like it would make for a lovely day trip (or minibreak!). I love art festivals…even if I can’t buy anything it’s so amazing to see the different works artists have created.

  4. We would love to go there, although I think it may be too far from us. We have a local festival we go to in the fall, and they have all those same types of things. It is so fun to check out the vendors and usually they have some set up with crafty things for the kids.

  5. Sandy VanHoey says

    I am in Georgia but near Savannah. I have never been to Madison. I have to look this up to see where it is from us here.

  6. What a neat festival this is going to be! Love when artisans from all over the world can get together and put something like this on for the community!

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