Sponsored by the Cave Spring Historical Society, the festival will be held at Cave Spring’s beautiful Rolater Park and will feature artists from as close as Cave Spring and Rome to as far away as North Carolina and parts of Alabama.
Originally started as a way to raise funds for maintenance of Rolater Park, the festival has grown both artistically and philanthropically, said Cave Spring Historical Society President and festival chair Shirley Boyles.
“Our goal is really to promote appreciation for art and to encourage artists to display and sell their work,” Boyles said. “But just as important, I think, is that the proceeds from the festival go to the Historical Society which uses that money for the preservation and restoration of historic structures in the Cave Spring area.”
Those proceeds come from three different areas of the festival. Visitors are charged $3 at the gate, with children under 12 granted free admission, Boyles said. Those visitors can also purchase food, which will be catered by the Historical Society. Finally, the artists themselves must pay a minimum $75 fee for use of a booth in which to display their work.
Aside from displaying, selling, and in some cases, demonstrating their creative process to visitors, artists will also be eligible to win awards. There is a prize for “Best in Show,” as well as merit and purchase awards.
Art will include painting, drawing, acrylics, doll-making, yard art, carpentry and woodwork, ceramics, embroidery, photography, tie-dye and glasswork.
Show hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
“We hope that people will come and visit the festival,” Boyles said. “The art is amazing, and Rolater park is a beautiful place to spend the weekend. The food will be delicious, and the money goes to whatever project the Historical Society happens to be working on at that time. Bring the family and have a wonderful time.