By Will Fairless
Everythingʼs Art, an organization that was formed with a mission of reviving art programs in schools in Tallapoosa, is holding an art festival in Pennington Park in Dadeville on Aug. 15. “Weʼve gone in once a week to the High school and grade school and taught classes,” said Rick Hidding, a board member at Everythingʼs Art, “that went on all last year until COVID hit, and weʼd already worked out a deal to double the size for next year.”
Everythingʼs Art in the Park will feature booths run by local artists in a variety of media, including pottery, wood-turning, watercolor painting, jewelry and even an artist whose carving medium of choice is the inside of golf balls.
One booth is designed specifically for kids, as theyʼll be able to decorate cookies with icing, sprinkles and everything else necessary to transform a snack into art. There are currently 25 artists who have reserved their spots for the festival, but Everythingʼs Art is still looking for more.
There will also be food and music, the latter of which will begin at 6 p.m. (the art portion of the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Drive-by Tacos and Bruxie food trucks will both be at the festival, and there will also be hot dogs, polish sausages and burgers available.
Kurt and Leigh Pfitzner own Pennington Park and opened it with the goal of establishing a place to have public art. As a result, they have a stage for performances such as the live music featured during Everythingʼs Art in the Park.
All the money that Everythingʼs Art raises during the event will help fund art supplies for kids in, and fund art classes they teach in, Tallapoosa grade schools and high schools.
The artistsʼ tents will have 14 feet of open space between them due to coronavirus concerns. “We decided to move forward [with Everythingʼs Art in the Park] if the artists were willing, and they all were,” Hidding said.
For more information about the festival, visit Everythingʼs ART on Facebook or call Rick Hidding at 256-307-2224. Anyone who wants to have a booth at the festival to display his or her art can find out more information about that through the same channels.