Fayette Arts Festival

Chapman is still doing her best with what she’s got


Nell Chapman is shown displaying one of her quilt-embordered shirts and the ribbons that she has won at art and crafts festivals.

Nell Bailey Chapman said that she was born in Fayette County and attended the former Kirkland Junior High School through the fourth grade until her parents moved to Aberdeen, Miss. Due to her father finding work in an ammunition factory during the war. She said that her family was poor, but she added that she learned a very important lesson early in life from her frugal mother. Her mother’s motto was, “Do the best you can with what you’ve got.”

50th Fayette Arts Festival Held


Shown are the winners at the 50th annual Fayette Arts Festival, held Sept. 14 in Guthrie Smith Park. From left, front: Avery Dove, Artists Choice; G. Noelle, Third Place Craft Division; Pam Fikes, First Place Fine Arts Division; and Judy Scott, Patron’s Choice Award. Back: Karen Thompson, First Place Folk Art Division; Dana Burkett, Third Place Folk Art Division; Patti Butler, Second Place Craft Division; Shane Harkness, First Place Craft Division; Jackie McQueen (accepting for Nell Chapman), Best of Show; Stephanie Drew, Second Place Fine Arts Division; and Jenny McBride, Third Place Fine Arts Division.

The 50th annual Fayette Arts Festival was held in Fayette at Guthrie Smith Park on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Local artist/craftsman spreads joy through dolls


Shown are a few of the flower dolls and furniture designed, created and painted by Angela Tingle of Fayette.

The 50th edition of the annual Fayette Arts Festival will be held this Saturday, Sept. 14, at Guthrie Smith Park. One of the local artists/craftsmen exhibiting at the arts festival this year will be Angela Tingle of Fayette. Tingle said that she has always had an interest in arts and crafts, even as a young child. She said that she first began her serious interest in art a few years ago by making “Fairy houses.” These seemed to be popular with her friends and family, so she said that she decided to take the next step and begin making “flower dolls.”

 

49 annual Arts Festival this Saturday


Three on a String will be the featured musical entertainment at the 49th annual Fayette Arts Festival.

Guthrie Smith Park will host the 49th Fayette Arts Festival from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Fayette Arts Festival is the longest consecutive-running arts festival in the state. This year’s festival is also an endorsed event of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. To help celebrate Alabama’s 200th birthday, the Fayette Arts Festival will host Alabama’s own “Three on a String” as the morning entertainment on the Main Stage from 9:30 a.m. – noon.