Cottonwood Art Festival This Weekend

One of Richardson’s premiere events is taking place this weekend. The spring edition of the Cottonwood Art Festival is this weekend, May 4-5.

Cottonwood Art Festival is a bi-annual event which features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Located in scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas, this prestigious art show has been enriching the community for over 40 years.

This year’s featured artist is Michelle Mardis of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Mardis is a self-taught artist originally from Ft Worth. She respects the work of artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein – who helped bring art into pop culture – for their use of color. Her choice of color is a reflection of these artists, but whereas Warhol used screen printing that achieved a softer look for his subjects, Mardis says her style is bolder. She paints in acrylic on canvas for much of her work.

General information:

The festival is Saturday, May 4, 10 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday, May 5, 10 AM to 6 PM. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Road, one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX. Parking and admission are free. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages, and some children’s events require a fee.

Now in its 44th year, the bi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from 1,400 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. Rated as one of the top art festivals in the United States, the prestigious show is the premier fine art event in North Texas.

Cottonwood Art Festival is more than just the art. The festival also features top local bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Check out the courtyard, sit in the shade by the lake, relax and enjoy the music. Food and spirits are also available in the courtyard.