Woodland Art Fair In Its 44th Year In Lexington

Aug 16, 2019

Final Preparations For The "Wish Tree" Interactive Art Exhibit
Credit Stu Johnson

For the 44th year, Woodland Park in downtown Lexington is being transformed into an arts and crafts hot spot. The Woodland Art Fair attracts visitors and exhibitors from both inside and outside   the Commonwealth.

Dozens of booths will line much of the Woodland Park grounds Saturday and Sunday.  Paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and many other crafts will be displayed.  More than 400 artists applied for about 200 spots at the nationally known fair.  Lexington Art League Director Lori Houlihan said it’s a process to select the juried artists. “It’s a methodical process until it gets whittled down to the top 200 or so.  And then there’s kind of a waiting list in line for each of those categories,” said Houlihan.

One tree will be draped with brightly colored streamers.  Sydney Cox with Create Studio was there Friday helping to set up a “wish tree.” “People are going to write on a tag or draw a picture on a tag of a wish or a dream for themselves or the community.  Then they are going to tie it onto one of our streamers on the sculpture or they can tie it to the tree.  And it’s also supposed to be an interactive experience for kids that they can play in the streamers and play around the tree,” explained Cox.

Lexington Art League Events Director Adrienne Dixon noted there are about 40 new artists at this weekend’s Woodland Art Festival.  It runs ten to six Saturday and ten to five on Sunday.

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