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Imaginations Run Wild at Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival
Posted Date: 4/15/2014

Cottonwood ArtStopImagine throwing mud on a pottery wheel, creating a work of art, or painting a gift just in time for Mother’s Day. For children and their families attending the spring edition of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival, held May 3-4, 2014, ArtStop is the place to let the imaginations of mini-Monets run wild.

Held in Richardson’s scenic Cottonwood Park, ArtStop creates a hands-on world of art with life-size paintbrushes and dozens of activities irresistible to any child.

Budding artists can decorate a Cottonwood Crazy Cool Cap, throw a pot on a pottery wheel guided by ArtStop's own master potters, or dip their hands in a rainbow of wax. Other ArtStop activities for young children include Chalk Board Easels, Chisel Away (chip and sculpt on large blocks of plaster) and Magnetic Masterpieces (create a picture by adding objects to large magnetic boards).

“At ArtStop, it’s exciting to see kids have fun while getting their hands dirty in clay, paint or glue, it’s seeing them create their own masterpiece and the smiles on their faces when they finish their painting,” said Serri Ayers, director of Cottonwood Art Festival. “Between the cool, creative activities at ArtStop, shopping for fabulous works of art, or listening to some great music, there is something special about Cottonwood Art Festival, that everyone will enjoy.”

ArtStop activity stations include:

Crazy Cool Caps: Let the kids show off their pint-sized personalities by creating their own colorful, over-the-top hat! There are plenty of ribbons, glitter, feathers, pompoms, and foam shapes for all to use.

Throwin’ Mud: It’s OK for the kids to play in the mud at this activity station guided by ArtStop’s own master potters as they learn to throw a pot or form a vase on an electric potter's wheel.

Canvas Classics: Where kids will paint a masterpiece on a canvas propped on an easel guided by an art instructor.

Fancy Fingers: Kids can dip their hands into a rainbow of colored wax to make a lasting, colorful impression of their hand. Fun for any age!

Petite Pottery: Just in time for Mother’s or Father’s day, kids can paint their own hand-thrown vase - the perfect vessel for some hand-picked flowers.

Rollin’ and Recyclin’: The “Green Team” is back with more ideas and ways kids and families can recycle or be creative with the stuff we use to throw in the trash. This free “Art from the Park” activity will let kids repurpose slices of tree limbs into necklace charms they can decorate and wear.

About Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival

Now in its 45th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from over 800 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. Rated as one of the top art festivals in the United States, the prestigious show is the premier fine art event in North Texas.

  • The festival will be held Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX.
  • Parking and admission are free.
  • The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.

Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own – Cottonwood has something for everyone. For more information, go to: