Montevallo to show off its artsy side

Published 5:10 pm Monday, April 13, 2009

Montevallo’s Orr Park will transform into an outdoor art gallery this Saturday when more than 50 local visual artists display and sell their work at the third-annual Montevallo Arts Fest.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided to and from Orr Park from Montevallo Elementary School and the Montevallo Senior Center all day.

“(Arts Fest) is a great way to promote the arts in our community and a great way to bring the arts to our community,” said Libbie Rodgers, president of the Montevallo Arts Council. “This is a real opportunity for people in the community to enjoy wonderful music by outstanding performers and to buy amazing visual art to display in their homes.”

Along the walking trail by Shoal Creek, guests may browse a wide variety of paintings, ceramics, glasswork, prints, metalwork, sculpture, photography, drawings, pottery, gourd art, jewelry and woodwork, Rodgers said.

Live music will be provided by Cleve Eaton and the Alabama All Stars, the Pineapple Skinners, Sol Azteca Mariachi Band, Andy Cohen, Montevallo High School String Band, Walon Smith and Charlotte Kendrick.

Food vendors and free children’s activities such as professional face painting, an interactive Drum Circle, clown performances, balloon animals, storytellers and crafts will be available. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet this year’s special guest, Glock, the Montevallo Police Department’s K-9 police officer. Glock and his handler, Officer Chad Lovelady, will accept contributions for the K-9 Vest Fund.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs to the event, Rodgers said.

Arts Fest will be held at the McChesney Student Activity Center on the University of Montevallo campus in the event of rain. The event is part of the city’s “April Celebration of the Arts,” which is set April 16-19.

As part of the celebration, the University of Montevallo Theatre will present Moliere’s Scapin April 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. at Reynolds Studio Theatre. General admission is $12; $8 for students.

The Montevallo Main Street Players will present Boy Gets Girl April 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. at Parnell Memorial Library. General admission is $10; $5 for students. Both productions contain adult content.

Visit the Web site to view a full schedule of events.