Tuesday, August 31, 2010

35th annual Festival at Rose Lawn features new artists, local talent


Media release: More than 85 artists have been selected for the 35th Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn to be held in Cartersville, Georgia on September 18-19, 2010. 

"We are excited in our 35th year that 30% of the artists exhibiting are first-time attendees at Rose Lawn," said Rose Lawn Executive Director Jane Drew.  "We are pleased with the diversity and talent shown in the juried arts & crafts this year."  The show takes place Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday Noon-5 p.m. on the spacious lawn of historic Rose Lawn, the home of evangelist Sam Jones. Admission is free.

The Arts Festival at Rose Lawn is well-known for its exhibiting potters, jewelry artisans and woodcrafters; however, there are many painters, photographers, glass, fabric creations and more to be enjoyed.  Artists from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kansas have been chosen to exhibit in the show.

As is tradition, the festival is an opportunity for local performing arts groups to showcase their talent on the Cartersville Medical Center stage.  Cartersville's own 3B&C rock band will perform both Saturday (4:45 PM) and Sunday (4 PM), and newcomers Tammy Cox & David Traeger from Atlanta will entertain the audience on Saturday.  Cox & Traeger have been performing together for only a few months, yet have already captivated crowds with a selection of people's favorite songs from many musical genres.  The duo will perform at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Kerry's School of Dance will open the festival with a performance at 10 a.m. on Saturday.  The dance troupe has performed for many years at Rose Lawn and includes students from age 2 to 45 performing tap, ballet, hip hop and more.  New this year, Kerry's School of Dance is pleased to feature a new class performance by the Dixie Fire Cloggers.

Another perennial Rose Lawn performer, Steps of Faith Dance Studio, returns to the stage on Saturday at 11 a.m.  After opening a new facility on Walnut Grove Road, the studio    has expanded its classes and will be showcasing new talent from the music theatre class, the special-needs class, and a class for college students.

Additional performances include Cartersville Twisters Gymnastics, vocalist Ahmad Hall, Cartersville City Ballet, the Dixie Hot Shots Band, Stephanie Culver & Praise Team, Spirit of the Dance Company, and the East Calhoun Church of God in concert.

In addition to fine arts and crafts, visitors may enjoy Victorian House Museum Tours ($4 per person), a variety of southern foods and treats, the Master Gardener's Plant Sale and annual AAUW Book Sale. 

Don't miss the prestigious People's Choice Awards for Best Restaurant, Best Shoppe, and Best Attraction, presented at 1 p.m. on Saturday by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau, following the Rose Lawn Juried Artists Awards.

Rose Lawn is located at 224 West Cherokee Avenue in downtown Cartersville and is sponsored by Bartow County Government and Cartersville Medical Center. 


Atlanta duo Tammy Cox and David Traeger will perform at the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn on Saturday, September 18, at 1:45 p.m.  The festival takes place at 224 West Cherokee Avenue in downtown Cartersville and continues on Sunday.  Admission is free on Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday Noon-5 p.m.


Fiber artist Tina Evans spins wool from animals she cares for on her Taylorsville, Georgia farm.  Evans is a past Juried Artist Award winner at the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn and will join more than 85 select artists at this year's festival, September 18-19, 2010.  The festival takes place at 224 West Cherokee Avenue in downtown Cartersville, Georgia on Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday Noon-5 p.m. and is free to the public.


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