Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jacksonville's Wine & Art Festival

My, life is soooooooooooo full of great opportunities and plans - sometimes it's like a fast train ride! The last weeks feel that way yet, it's satisfying when the results seem a success!

This previous weekend, on August 9th, our lil' town of Jacksonville created a new "Jacksonville Wine & Art Festival" - and it came off beautifully! During the previous days our weather had bounced back and forth between 100 degree days OR thick, oppressive smokey air due to the California fires. BUT, that Saturday, the weather goddess blessed us with clear, blue skies and a high temperature of 86 degrees.

The artists began setting up around 10am at the eleven various sites around town. By 12 noon, we were all ready for the public and the venues looked great with a wide diversity of media and expression. People sauntered through town and as the day warmed , were ready for the 2-5pm wine tasting. Long shadows began to stretch across the lawn of the McCulley House where I, Roger Robinson and Leah Fanning Mebane, the two other artists, were set up when the Britt Festival's Classic Quartets, who dotted the town, began to play. It was divine - the evening breeze carrying the music through the air, people gathering with their wine glasses to listen and artists chatting about their artwork!

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