Artists needed for Arts ’Round the Square in Paris

Artists needed for Arts ’Round the Square in Paris

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2008 9:00 pm

Arts ’Round the Square (ARTS), the centerpiece of Eye Full of Paris Weekend, has issued a call for artists to show, sell and demonstrate their wares during the Sept. 27 event. Held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the historic courthouse lawn, the event is co-sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. Registration forms are available on the council’s Web site, www.phcarts.com, according to Arts Council executive director Mary Lodge. The $25 early bird deadline is Aug. 1. The application fee after this date is $75. “We like to give participating artists as much advanced publicity as possible in our printed materials, interviews and online information,” said Ms. Lodge. “That’s why we like to know who’s coming as early as possible.” ARTS draws a number of local and regional artists from a variety of genres. “Last year we hosted almost three dozen artisan vendors, most of whom reported enthusiastic buyers throughout the day. We hope to double our number of artists this year,” said Ms. Lodge, noting that the event’s promotional budget had been increased to make more art lovers aware of the event. “One of our requirements is that everyone demonstrates his or her work,” said Ms. Lodge, who attributes last year’s swift sales to that unique condition. “People love to purchase items that they’ve watched being made. They feel like they are part of the process.” Indeed there is ample opportunity for everyone to feel a part of the process as the artists interact with the crowds. Potters invite onlookers to sit down at the wheel and try their hand at throwing a pot; quilters offer up needle and thread to those interested in sewing a few stitches. Other artisans who have traditionally shown, sold and demonstrated during ARTS include painters, jewelers, stain glass and fabric artists and photographers. While those artists are busy creating visual arts, a number of performing artists will take the stage throughout the day. Eye Full of Paris Weekend kicks off Sept. 26 beginning with Commercial Bank’s Noon on the Square, followed that evening by the Wild for Life Art Show and Sale at Lee Academy for the Arts. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Refuge. After ARTS on that Saturday, the Refuge Friends invite music enthusiasts back down to Lee Academy for a live concert in the new performance hall. That Sunday caps off Eye Full of Paris Weekend with more live music, this time on the stage at Paris Winery. For more information on participating in Arts ’Round the Square, contact Ms. Lodge at (731) 642-3955 or phcarts@gmail.com. For information on Eye Full of Paris Weekend, contact Susan Jones, president of the Downtown Paris Association (DPA), at njpr@bellsouth.net or call (731) 693-2696. The mission of the DPA is to promote prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area. Published in The Messenger 7.7.08

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