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.

“We are excited about the renewed vitality the festival brings to the Downtown Newton area and the outreach opportunity it provides us to highlight our role in improving the health of this community."

The family-friendly festival is expected to draw thousands of visitors from throughout the region. It will showcase a variety of local and regional contemporary folk artists, as well as artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities for children, live music, food from local restaurants and food truck vendors, beer gardens, and more. Admission to the festival is free.

Visitors will be able to purchase unique works of art directly from the artists who made them. The Foothills Folk Art Festival is a juried folk art-themed show. The festival’s artist committee is looking for artwork that is intensely influenced by and displaying the spirit of folk, visionary and outsider art. Artist applications for the festival will be available on the festival website at www.foothillsfolkartfestival.com beginning March 1. Additional information about how to apply will be found on the website.

Festival updates and information will also be posted on the festival's Facebook page. Members of the public may follow the festival's Twitter account.

The Foothills Folk Art Festival will need a large number of volunteers to be successful. More information about volunteer opportunities is available by emailing volsfoothillsfolkart@gmail.com.

Information about becoming a festival sponsor is available at the festival website or by calling 828-327-8576.

The Hickory Museum of Art has a permanent exhibit of folk art on its third floor called Discover Folk Art. The museum, located at 243 Third Ave., NE, Hickory, is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free. The museum may be reached at 828-327-8576.

Published Feb. 10, 2017.