Press release from Madison County Arts Council:
The 7th Annual Art On The Island Festival
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10am-5pm FREE
Get Your Hands on Some Art at this Interactive Arts Festival on the Island in Downtown Marshall NC
The Madison County Arts Council is pleased to present the 7th annual ‘Art On The Island’ Festival on beautiful Blannahassett Island in downtown Marshall on Saturday, September 29. Art on the Island serves as an economic and cultural celebration of creativity in Madison County and Western North Carolina. Attendees can enjoy special hands-on activities for young and old, live demonstrations of natural dyeing, batik dyeing, brick making and interactive sculpture building. There will also be a sculpture display area featuring work of various sizes. This all day affair presents artists, crafters, food, hands-on fun, and kid’s activities from 10am until 5pm and is free and open to the public.
“As an artist I love participating in Art on the Island. The location by the river under the shade trees can’t be beat! There is always a creative, interactive project to participate in as well. I really enjoy meeting all the people who travel from afar to attend and catching up with local friends,” says artist Katie Graham. “We are so lucky to have the island here in Marshall to host events such as Art on the Island!” adds Erich Hubner, MCAC Program Director.
In addition to the festival, Blannahassett Island is the home of Marshall High Studios, located in the renovated 1925 building that formerly housed Marshall High school. These studios house a wide variety of working artist studios. The festival will take place on the grounds of the island, with plenty of space for artist’s booths, playground joy, and picnic fun. All of the participating artists are MCAC members and food is provided by Madison County vendors. A beer garden will be sponsored by the Downtown Marshall Association. There will be food and special activities on Main Street in downtown Marshall the day of the festival, and WART 95.5 (Marshall’s Community Radio Voice) will broadcast special programming.