FOOTHILLS FOLK ART FESTIVAL WINS STATEWIDE AWARD

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On March 14, 2018 at an awards ceremony in Clayton, NC,  the Foothills Folk Art Festival won a statewide award from the N.C. Department of Commerce, for Best Downtown Special Event. A panel of judges chose the award winners from dozens of applications submitted from throughout the state; and NC government officials presented the award to Newton Mayor Anne Stedman and Hickory Museum of Art Executive Director Jon Carfagno. The festival's principal organizers, Shannon Johnson, Newton’s Main Street Program coordinator, and Clarissa Starnes, Associate Director of Hickory Museum of Art and the Foothills Folk Art Festival artist contact, were also at the awards ceremony.

The result of a partnership between Hickory Museum of Art and Downtown Newton Development Association, the mission of the Foothills Folk Art Festival is to celebrate and support contemporary folk art locally and regionally, while maximizing the benefits for the artists and to Downtown Newton both economically and culturally. Shannon Johnson says, “Thanks to the the efforts of hundreds of volunteers throughout the year, we [together] are able to bring close to 100 amazing artists to the festival for a day that celebrates folk art. This award from the N.C. Department of Commerce speaks to the quality of the festival, and we are dedicated to to making the festival even better each year.”

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Says Clarissa Starnes about the festival award, "We would like to thank the many hands that went into making last year's event a success, including the artists, participants, sponsors, local businesses, volunteers, staff members, and visitors to the Festival! We look forward to an even bigger, better Festival this October!"

FOOTHILLS FOLK ART FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING ARTIST APPLICATIONS

The Foothills Folk Art Festival is now accepting artist applications for the juried festival, which will be held in Downtown Newton on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The festival is a partnership between the Downtown Newton Development Association (DNDA) and the Hickory Museum of Art (HMA). The presenting sponsor is Catawba Valley Medical Center. Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Foothills Folk Art Festival is a juried, folk-art themed show. All applicants will be submitted to the jurying process this year, regardless of whether they have participated in previous years. The Foothills Folk Art Festival Artist Committee is looking for artwork that is intensely influenced by and displaying the spirit of folk, visionary, and outsider art.

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FOOTHILLS FOLK ART FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN NEWTON ON OCT. 7

The Foothills Folk Art Festival will return to Downtown Newton for the second year on Saturday, Oct. 7. It will be held around the 1924 Courthouse Square and on surrounding streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival is a partnership between the Downtown Newton Development Association and the Hickory Museum of Art. Catawba Valley Medical Center is returning as the presenting sponsor of the festival this year.

“Catawba Valley Medical Center is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Foothills Folk Art Festival,” said J. Anthony Rose, CVMC President and Chief Executive Officer.

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FOOTHILLS FOLK ART FESTIVAL TO FEATURE VARIETY OF LIVE MUSIC

The Foothills Folk Art Festival, to be held in Downtown Newton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 1, will feature two stages with live music.

The Main Avenue Stage will showcase Still Pickin’ at 10 a.m., Sycamore Bones at noon, GMC Jazz Band at 2 p.m. and Triple Threat at 4 p.m.

The College Avenue Stage will feature Down the Hall at 10 a.m., Austin Rudisill at noon and The Sigmon Stringers at 2 p.m.

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