Francisco’s Farm fest set
The 2017 Francisco’s Farm Art Festival, sponsored by Midway Renaissance and Midway University, will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival website at www.franciscosfarm.org has all of the updated information for this year’s festival, including the artists, food vendors, and musical acts playing throughout the event. Entrance to the festival is free and just $5 per vehicle to park on campus. The festival organizers said they are excited about this year’s festival and have been working hard on plans to provide visitors with another great experience of shopping for unique art, enjoying great food and relaxing on Midway’s campus while listening to local musicians. “There are many wonderful artists attending this year’s festival,” said Helen Rentch, artist liaison. “We have acrylic and water color artists, photography, mixed media, pottery, woodworking, broom makers, paper and other textiles as well as jewelry. This year’s festival will include artists from 15 states and Canada and many new artists.” In addition to the more than 80 artists and food vendors, this year’s festival will include some demonstrating artists and a folk-art display. Those confirmed include: • Popular folk artist Jo Ann Butts will have a display of her folk art and demonstrate wood carving; • Artist Lou Hii will demonstrate the art of Chinese paper-cutting; • Berea artist Justin Burton will demonstrate the art of broom-making. “We invite everyone to come spend the day or the weekend with us,” said Debra Shockley, festival co-chair. “We will have music throughout the festival, some delicious food and activities for children sponsored by the Woodford County Library, in addition to the wonderful art for customers to purchase.” Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival is a fully volunteer-driven event. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to complete the volunteer form on the website at www.franciscosfarm.org.