Annual Butternut Creek Festival Showcases Fine Arts and Crafts

The recent Annual Butternut Creek Festival in Meeks Park was a huge success. The festival showcased many fine artists and craftsmen. Sponsored by the High Country Artisans, the two-day event was well attended and most visitors purchased at least one handcrafted item.

Paintings, pottery, jewelry, baskets, furniture, photography, quilts and sculptures were for sale. There were exhibits and demonstrations throughout the event.

English basket maker, Terry Porter demonstrated his craft by making beautiful large baskets. He keeps the reeds soaking in water to keep them pliable and soft. Gene Harrison demonstrated the art of making leaded glass. His work is detailed and colorful. Jim Watts pleased everyone with his handcrafted oak rockers. Many visitors rested a while then bought a chair to take home. Local artist, Carol Moore Demme displayed her large animal portraits. The life-like paintings are full of intense expression. Chinese artist, Godwin Kou, demonstrated his calligraphy skills. Long lines of people waited for their names to be written in Chinese. His booth was very popular. Local photographer Marcia Stewart had an impressive display of her digital photos including shots of local fauna and flora. She says, "Photography is my passion." Her photographs are works of art.

Approximately sixty artists had their work in booths located along the shady banks of Butternut Creek. Visitors enjoyed good food and music. Many people relaxed and listened to the live bands. The Marshall Platt band, from the Franklin/Asheville area, was exceptional. They had the audience tapping their toes.

The festival featured some of the finest arts and crafts in the southeast. Artists and craftsmen from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee gathered for the weekend. Visitors, artists, and vendors are already looking forward to next year's Butternut Creek Festival.