FAIRHOPE – The floral clock at the entrance to Fairhope on Scenic 98 will be the centerpiece of the poster welcoming participants to the 68th Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival in March.
The Arts and Crafts Foundation unveiled the painting by Allison Ashurst at a ceremony Friday night.
Sherry Sullivan, 2020 festival chairwoman, said Ashurst did an excellent job bringing to life the vision for the festival poster.
“When I called Allison about the artwork, I told her that in the past couple of years, we have done nautical themes and that I wanted to do something floral,” Sullivan said. “So, we chose to do something floral this year.”
Sullivan said the clock is a community feature that is special to many residents.
Ashurst, a past festival benefactor, said she was pleased that her painting was selected.
“I am so humbled and grateful to be a part of this program, this foundation and I’m just excited to be a part of this, this year and thank you so much for asking me to do this,” Ashurst said at the unveiling.
In addition to being featured on the poster, signed prints of the painting were available for sale as part of the festival’s fundraising efforts. Sullivan said a main goal of the Arts and Crafts Foundation is to raise money for the local arts community.
“Seven years ago, when the Arts and Crafts Foundation took over the Arts and Crafts Festival from the chamber, one of our missions was to make sure that we could give back to the art community and that is what we have done,” Sullivan said.
In the last year, the foundation has donated $100,000 to support the arts in the Eastern Shore area, she said.
“We’ve given back to arts programs,” she said. “That’s something we’re very proud of.”
Sullivan said the festival is an all-volunteer program.
“It’s a labor of love for us,” she said. “We love doing it. We love doing it for our community, but the most important thing is that we’re able to give back.”
The 2020 Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival will take place March 20 through 22 in downtown Fairhope. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free.
More than 200 exhibitors from around the Southeast and other areas of the country will take part in the festival. The celebration will also include live entertainment and food.
The festival was chosen as one of the top events in the southeast for March by the Alabama Tourism Department. It was also named one of the top 20 events selected by the Southeast Tourism Society.