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April 6, 2018

Chairman of the Tullahoma Arts Council, Tisha Fritz, 931.841.4385
Public Information Officer, Winston Brooks, 931.455.2648

Arts Alive Tullahoma Application Deadline Extended, Music Line Up and Judges Announced
Arts Festival Scheduled for May 26 and 27; accepting artists’ applications and volunteers and sponsors

The application deadline for the inaugural Arts Alive Tullahoma Arts and Crafts festival has been extended to April 30. Applications can be found at https://www.tullahomaartscouncil.com/artist-application.

Music Line Up
Arts Alive Tullahoma is also excited to announce the excellent music line up for Saturday, May 26:
2:00pm Band of Pearls
3:00pm Chase Clanton and guests
4:00pm Marian Galbraith and Dave Johnson
5:00pm MTSU Jazz Ensemble
South Jackson Civic Center will be transformed into a stunning outdoor arts and crafts gallery for the weekend as the region’s top artists and craftsmen display their work and attract arts and crafts enthusiasts from all over the region. Presented by the Tullahoma Arts Center, South Jackson Civic Center, and Tullahoma Arts Council, Arts Alive features an Emerging Artist tent and an Arts and Crafts Market and a fun activities area for community art projects. Artists may apply to participate in either venue. All arts and crafts should be handmade and/or crafted by the artist or craft person themselves. Items should not be mass produced or pieces created by others purchased at wholesale prices then sold to the public. The Tullahoma Arts festival, once a longstanding tradition held for over 40 years has reemerged as Arts Alive Tullahoma. You can expect to enjoy a can’t miss selection of artists, craftsmen, musicians and eats!

Under the shade of the oak tree leaves that cover the South Jackson Civic Center will make the perfect summer day event. Plenty of parking at the newly refurbished grounds of the South Jackson Civic Center. There is a map on our website to show visitors the best places to park, as well as locations for handicap parking, bathrooms and first aid stations.

The juried show will be showcasing photography, water color, wood working, laser cut metal art, hand turned wooden items, textiles, ceramics, wood/acrylic lathe items, wooden rocking horses and wooden toys, acrylic paints, drawing, stain glass, drawing and more. And food trucks: Crazy Daises, Shenanigans Food Truck, Frios Gourmet Popsicles, Pop’s Krazy Kettle Corn, Ole Sloppy Top, Smitty’s Southern Barbecue and Sun Drop beverages.

Special thanks to our sponsors, 1st Choice Realtors, Southern Community Bank, Stan McNabb, McMurr’s, Weichert Realtors – Joe Orr & Associates, Lester, Greene, McCord and Thoma, Pet Medical Center, Lighttube, Stephen Worhsam, Debbie and Bill Sanders and Charles Parish.

Judges and Awards
The judges for the event are Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts, Crafts, Media and Design at the Tennessee Arts Commission; Angela Posey, Art Instructor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga; and Brian Robinson, Art Instructor at Motlow State Community College.

There will be awards in these categories Best of Show, drawing, painting, photography, digital design, craft, sculpture, pottery, wood, glass, jewelry and textiles. The Best of show will be a $500 award, and the others will be $100. There is also prize money for K-12 artists and craftsmen.
Pieces will be judged based technique, style, and expression.

Along the grounds of South Jackson guests will find an Emerging Artist tent, displaying the works of up and coming artist from the area, as well as the Arts and Crafts Market. Here you will find a variety of arts and crafts being sold by Middle Tennessee artists. There will be food, live music, art, and fun activities for the whole family. The Show will be held “rain” or “shine.”

The Tullahoma Art Center, South Jackson Civic Center and the Tullahoma Arts Council host Arts Alive Tullahoma Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and from Noon to 5:00pm Sunday, May 27, 2018.

“We are currently accepting artists’ applications,” said Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks. “The deadline is April 30. We are also looking for volunteers and sponsors. We have sponsorships from $1,000.00 levels to purchase awards in $50.00 increments.”

Our goal is to create a festival that artists and visitors will want to attend year after year. “In an age when mass production makes so many things widely available, Arts Alive Tullahoma celebrates the inspiration and skill of the individual maker,” said Diane Gawrys, Executive Director of the Tullahoma Art Center. “This is an opportunity to appreciate uniqueness.”

Arts Alive Tullahoma is set for Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27, 2018 on the grounds of the South Jackson Civic Center, 404 South Jackson, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

Not only can you purchase a wide variety of handcrafted works of art, many of these artisans will demonstrate their crafts.

“We expect to draw thousands of attendees over two days. This influx of patrons will produce an economic surge for the surrounding merchants and restaurants, activate public space, and build community pride and connections” said Tisha Fritz, the Chairman of the Tullahoma Arts Council.
Admission to the fair is a $1 donation to the Tullahoma Arts Council.Visitors will have a great experience at Arts Alive Tullahoma Arts and Craft Show. This show is a safe, clean, family friendly environment. Arts Alive Tullahoma is starting a new tradition based on high standards of artisans and the friendliness of our people.

For additional information, please contact Tisha Fritz at Tullahomaartscouncil@gmail.com or Winston Brooks at wbrooks@tullahomatn.gov or visit https://www.tullahomaartscouncil.com/arts-alive.