This year's Stillwater Arts Festival will bring the community together and celebrate all mediums of art.
By: Morgan Malget
The 2019 Stillwater Arts Festival will be on April 19 and 20 in downtown Stillwater. The festival is being hosted by the Arts and Humanities Council of Stillwater.
The first festival was in 1977. It was called Run for the Arts, which was a run and a small art showing. Over the years the festival has morphed into a large event showcasing many different local and regional artists. There are even local Stillwater based artists who will be in attendance such as Mark Carter, Ron Walker and Jude Tolar. Last years festival hosted around 50 artists, and this year there will be 70 different artists featured. All of the art will be on display and available for purchase during the festival. The art includes a variation of mediums such as paintings and drawings, basketry, clay and glass art, wood and metal workings, and jewelry.
Not only is there art for show, but also the festival will be putting on multiple demonstrations of art techniques such as working with pastels, iron working and even book binding. There will also be a children's area at the festival that will have guided art projects and art supplies for children to create whatever they wish.
Along with all of the art to look at, the festival also has an extensive live music lineup throughout the weekend. Emily Snow is the director of the 2019 Stillwater Arts Festival.
"We very much believe in the power of music as an art form, and the artistry represented by our selections really is top-notch," Snow
There will be many performances by local music artists and the "Red Dirt Rangers," an iconic red dirt band from Stillwater, will be performing. There will also be an array of street performers including a fire juggler and a Live Action Role Playing group. For everyone's cute fix of the weekend, there will be a puppy area full of puppies ready to play with festival goers.
The festival has an impeccable food lineup as well. It is bringing in multiple local food trucks, and the Stillwater Arts Festival has partnered with the Iron Monk, which will be providing a beer bar. There will also be a winery selling wine by the glass.
The festival is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday the 19, and from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday the 20.
The Stillwater Arts Festival is still looking for volunteers so if you would like to donate your time to the festival you can use the link here: https://artstillwater.us
If you would like to donate to the festival donations it can be done online here: https://artstillwater.us/support/
Photographs Courtesy of The Arts and Humanities Council of Stillwater