Whitney Jones, who has been running the gallery and tours at theHoward Finster Paradise Gardens in Summerville, said the free event is returning with 75 artists showing off their own work, along with five never-before-released prints being put on sale.
The festival will also have concessions and some children’s activities throughout the two-day event, and Jones said artists will be painting a blank Coca-Cola sculpture in honor of Chattooga County folk artist Howard Finster, who died in 2001.
Paradise Gardens Park & Museum are a product of Finster’s art. He began creating Paradise Gardens around 1961.
Jones added the two-day event will also have musical entertainment by Husky Burnett, Hoodoo Swagger, Poanna, Red Mouth, Shaking Ray Levis Society, Distribution and Mont Overton.
“This was Howard’s dream to keep his legacy going on,” she said. “He wanted everyone to use what he left behind for everyone, so we’re going to keep his legacy going.”
Though the event is free, Jones said donations would be appreciated and for $5 the gardens will be donating some of Finster’s tin ornaments that people can write their names on and hang in the gardens.
Money donated during Finster Fest will go toward the restoration by the nonprofit foundation that runs Paradise Gardens.
The festival, which began in the late 1980s, ran until 2003 when Finster’s family was unable to keep up the festival, and was brought back after Jones began volunteering her time at the gardens and in Finster’s studio.
Many of Finster’s works hang in the folk art section of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.