Richardson 3/23/2012 1:29:56 AM
News / Art

Cottonwood Art Festival Announces ArtStop Events for May 5-6, 2012

The Cottonwood Art Festival has selected its family activities for ArtStop, the festival’s hands-on, interactive children’s area that is part of the annual spring event May 5 and 6, 2012, in Richardson, Texas.

Although admission to the festival is free, some ArtStop activities require 1-4 tickets at $1 each, available at the event. This year’s ArtStop Activity Stations include:

Crazy Cool Caps – Let the kids show off their pint-sized personalities by creating their own over-the-top hat! There will be plenty of glitter, feathers, pompons, ribbon and foam shapes for all to use!

Throwin’ Mud – It’s ok for the kids to play in the mud at this activity station with Masta Potta, Mr. Kirby!

Canvas Classics – Be an artist by painting your very own canvas painting.

Bag Full of Color – Kids can “go green” while using their imaginations to paint canvas backpacks, which are handy for toting around their Cottonwood ArtStop masterpieces!

Petite Pottery – Just in time for Mother’s or Father’s day! Kids can paint their own petite pottery, the perfect gift for mom and dad.

The Big Picture – Kids can leave their mark on Cottonwood Art Festival by painting a piece on the Monster Mural!

Other ArtStop activities include Chalk Board Easels (for young children), Chisel Away (kids chisel on a large block of plaster) and Magnetic pieces (make a picture by adding magnets to large magnetic boards).

Now in its 44th year, the Cottonwood Art Festival is the premier fine arts event in North Texas. The twice-a-year event generates more than $2 million in art sales annually. The festival has extended its hours and is set for 10 AM – 8 PM Saturday and 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday, May 5-6, 2012, at Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Beltline Rd., in Richardson, TX 75080. Admission and parking are free. Full details are available at or 972-744-4581.

Jurors for the May 2012 Cottonwood Art Festival are Kenneth Craighead, Director of Craighead Green Gallery; Greg Metz, University of Texas at Dallas Senior Lecturer of Arts and artist; Gabriel Dawe, artist; and Diana Pollak, Director of the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. Approximately 800 artists submitted work for the 2012 festival. Jurors selected 250 artists to exhibit their museum-quality paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media and photography. All art must be for sale.
For more information on Cottonwood Art Festival, go to its website or its Facebook page. Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors or making art of your own, Cottonwood has something for everyone. There’s an art to having fun!

Lisa Taylor
TrizCom Inc.

Serri Ayers
Festival Director, Cottonwood Art Festival
City of Richardson