It wouldn’t be summer in Highlands without the Village Square Art & Craft festivals. Now in their 12th year, they are well known for regionally made fine art, crafts and rustic furniture.
High standards mean shoppers will find good quality products to enhance their homes and lives or to share as gifts.
Many of the 75+ artisans will be familiar to past shoppers. Marcus Thomas is a brilliant painter in spite of (and because of) being a
quadriplegic. Vicki Ferguson (of Highlands) is a fine artist whose tent filled with creative and whimsical animal art is always busy. Robin Anne Cooper creates colorful, whimsical collages of dogs. Steve Joslyn gained a following last year with his beautifully designed and crafted metal home fixtures and accessories.
Others include Dean Epperson’s rustic tables; Roy Owenby’s folksy books about mountain culture; painter Sue Gouse; blacksmith Wesley
Angel; Cashiers leather worker Diane Brady; and local jeweler Lee Byers.
Look for new faces too, such as Chile Today-Hot Tamale chili sauces and gift boxes by the Battens of Madison, GA; remarkable jewelry by Megan Austin of Canton, GA;Just check out the picture gallery to see some of the exciting products you will find there.
The show features only local and regional artisans. The shows are now sponsored by Rotary of Highlands Mountaintop. Part of the proceeds will go toward improvements and upkeep of the park.
Beginning this year the shows will move back to Kelsey-Hutchinson "Founders" Park at Pine and N. 5th Streets. This beautifully designed and landscaped park has public restrooms and a large pavilion. The kids will have a plast playing in the interactive water fountain. Bring a picnic and eat at one of the shady picnic tables, or grab some really good food at Fressers Eatery in the Village Square next door.
The music on Saturday is provided by singer-songwriter Jim Lord (www.jimlord.com) on his acoustic guitar.
Festival hours are Saturday and Sunday 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE. Children (and dogs) are welcome.
For more information contact show coordinator Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing (828) 787-2021,
. Check out our facebook page (Highlands Village Square Art & Craft show) too.