Canton Festival of the Arts - May 17 -18 2014
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- Artist's Market with over 60 exhibitors from nine states.
- Serenity Gardens celebrates the art of living well. If you are interested in gardening, sustainability, incorporating nature into your life and all things green, this is the place for you
- Tempting food concessions and a wine and beer garden
- The Interactive Children's Experience offers hands on art activities for children, including mural painting, photography, drawing, dance, drama and so much more
- Live entertainment on the Main Stage
- 40 Minutes from Atlanta
- 25 minutes from Alpharetta or Marietta
- Free Parking
- Artist's Market Vendor Application
- Food/Concession Vendor Application
- Children's Experience Vendor Application
For pictures and videos of last year's festival, please visit the Canton Festival of the Arts Facebook Page.
Just 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Canton offers the charm of a historic river town with a view of the north
The popular Artist's Market will once again be the centerpiece of Canton Festival of the Arts for 2014.
Held in Canton's historic Downtown on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18 from 10am-5pm, this annual
event will offer visitors the rare opportunity to savor the works of some of the most talented artists and
craftspeople from across the South and beyond. This year the Artist Market will include exhibitors whose fine art mediums
include oil, watercolor, fine blown glass, elegant and whimsical jewelry, decorative and functional pottery,
sculpture and hand turned wood, among firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-479-5443.
Once again this year, Canton Festival of the Arts will feature a “Serenity Garden” area. Four years ago
Serenity Gardens was envisioned as an area to expand the sensory experience of the Festival.
The Garden has developed into a learning opportunity for the whole family. It encompasses the art of gardening,
canning, environmental protection (being green) and healthy living.
The Cherokee Arts Council, with the generous donations from: Buck Jones Nursery, Lady Slipper Nursery,
Autumn Hill Nursery, Clouds Supply, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, and author Pamela Crawford, will have
their annual plant sale. The proceeds continue to promote the Arts in Cherokee County with their many events
including Camp Imagine for the children.
B. J. Weeks, renowned local bee keeper from Ball Ground, GA, will have his bee hives on display. See bees
up close, smell the honey as it is collected from the hives; hear how bees are used in the treatment of Multiple
Sclerosis and Arthritis
One of the nation’s largest Orchid growers is located right here in Cherokee County, who knew? Peach State
Growers grow over 2000 orchids in their 1500 square foot facility and will be displaying for sale a large variety
of magnificent orchids. Orchids are a universally eye catching experience. Bring your orchid plants and learn,
hands on, how to repot and care for them. Peach States Orchids says: Our goal is to delight you with our wide
variety of plants and to assist you in your growing needs.
Merrilily Gardens, a perennial favorite at The Festival, and also a Cherokee County business, will exhibit for sale
her locally grown hybrid day lilies, hostas, phlox, astibe and ferns along with her incomparable homemade Jams,
jellies and salsas to titillate the taste buds. New this year is her green, pickled, cocktail tomatoes and hot,
crunchy pickled okra.
American Pillar Nursery from Woodstock will present their patented Arborvitae. This exciting new plant is ideal
for landscape screening. It grows in both sun and shade and its nature is to quickly grow tall and very narrow
making it ideal for pools or screening yard.
The Cherokee Extension office of the University of Georgia will be represented by their “master gardeners”
group. They will be giving expert advice on herb gardening, roses, deer resistant plants, native plants and
water conservation in gardening. Bring plant leaves for problem diagnostics.
Renowned gardener Pamela Crawford will be on hand to talk about her new book, “Easy Gardening”. Bring
pictures of your problem areas and Pamela will personally advise and design solutions for you.
Cloud's Supply is a family operated farm and landscape supply company in Canton. They not only will have
available a complete line of Purina feeds, including wild bird seed, but also mulches, ground covers, fertilizers,
and landscaping Vers-Loc block retaining wall systems.
Clear Conscience Natural Market supports Georgia Organics and will have a variety of local fruits and veggies.
They will present a variety of healthy food alternatives, wheat-free and gluten-free foods, organic and fair-trade
coffees, bulk herbs and all-natural pet edible. Their foods contain no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial
sweeteners or hydrogenated oils (trans-fat). In addition during the day they will be giving simple yoga
Schedules will be available the days of the festival for the various activities and presentation, so if it you are
interested in painted plant containers, custom created marble coasters, handmade soaps, candles and scrubs,
wind chimes, organic plants and foods, gardening supplies, gardening problems, or green and healthy living -
Serenity Gardens is the spot for you at the Canton Festival of Arts!
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please see our vendor application. Whether a vendor or guest,
we look forward to seeing you!
Tempting Food & Wine and Beer Garden
After shopping in the Artist Market, soaking up stories from your favorite authors, planning your flower garden with our master gardeners and watching your children experiment in a new art form, you'll want some time to relax. Try out any one of the carefully chosen food offerings and maybe a glass of wine or a beer. You can even listen to some very talented local performing artists while you take a moment or two to rest before you shop some more.
If you are interested in being a food vendor, please click here to print a food vendor application.
The Main Stage will feature bands and other entertainment. After a long day of wandering, shopping, learning and playing, sit down and enjoy a show!
Festivalgoers are invited to attend a concert Saturday night at the Cherokee Arts Center.The event will feature
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The Children's Experience... Hands on Art Activities for Children
Various activities, including the opportunity to paint a mural, take a picture, learn a little hip hop, try some inprov acting, and more will be available to children of all ages. Our new Children's Experience will allow children of all ages to truly taste the wonderment of creating art.
Click here for a Children's Experience Vendor Application.
All funds raised at the festival benefit the Cherokee County Arts Center.
The Arts Center goal is to enrich the lives of area residents by promoting, developing, and coordinating
excellence in the arts. Funding from the festival allows the Arts Center to host a wide variety of arts
programming including classes and youth art camps. Email:festival@CherokeeArts.org
From I-575, take Exit 19 to downtown Canton. The Arts Center is just north of the town square
and adjacent to the Cherokee County Court House. Parking is available in the lot just in front
of the building.