Patchwork Festival 2012 set for Oct. 20

Published 4:48 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Camden – Black Belt Treasures will host its annual Patchwork Festival on Oct. 20.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m.  and end at 2 p.m. It will feature demonstrations by artists and craftsmen from across the Black Belt region of Alabama.

Entertainment will include music by The Grasshopper String Band from Marion, Alabama, Camden’s own Laura Grace Creswell, and Storytelling with Sister Yomi who will be sharing stories about “My Patchwork Life in the Black Belt.” Wilcox ArtWorks, the local arts council, will host free youth art activities including quilt making and gourd painting, while Black Belt Treasures will be offering “mini art classes” for teens and adults for a small fee.

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Throughout the day, demonstrations will be given by quilter and stained glass artist Tyree McCloud,  soap maker Betty Anderson, wood sculptor John Sheffey, pine needle basket maker Maxine Hopkins, potter Sam Williams, Freedom Quilting Bee artist Rennie Miller, textile artist Joyce Huizinga, painter Andrea Guy, wood and metal artist Trey Culpepper, and mosaic artist Linda Munoz. In addition, Black Belt Living editor and photographer Al Blanton will be in attendance to discuss and share an exhibition of his photography.

The Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Fish Fry during the event. Catfish dinners will be available from 11:00am until 1:00pm for $8.00 (Adults & Children over 12) and $5.00 (youth 12 & under). Advance tickets are available at Black Belt Treasures and at Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, area youth from BAMA Kids, Inc. will be selling Sweet Treats.

Activities and demonstrations by artists will be held at Black Belt treasures located at 209 Claiborne Street in historic downtown Camden.  The 2012 Patchwork Festival is made possible by the support of the Alabama State Council of the Arts, the Black Belt Community Foundation, and contributions from members of the Black Belt Treasures Guild.