Albany Museum of Art Fall Art Festival Is Saturday, Nov 19 in Downtown Albany
Art students from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus will demonstrate their glassblowing skills as they form glass art objects by inflating molten glass into a bubble with the aid of a blowpipe. The glassblowing demonstration area is the latest art addition to the 5th annual festival. Presented by Publix, AMA ChalkFest will be 10 am-5 pm on South Front Street and at Veterans Park Amphitheatre. Admission is free for everyone.
In addition to the art demonstrations, AMA ChalkFest will feature live music and entertainment all day on the amphitheater stage sponsored by the James M. Barnett, Jr. Foundation; a kids and family activity area sponsored by Vine Vision; craft beer tents and libation stations for adults; art and other vendors, and food trucks. Kids attending the festival will be given complimentary chalk packs sponsored by WebstaurantStore.
“It’s shaping up to be the best ChalkFest yet,” AMA Director of Development and Public Programming Chloe Hinton said. “With the new location, parking at the Civic Center will be convenient thanks to our partners at the Flint River Entertainment Complex. We’re hoping for beautiful fall weather that will have everyone in the mood to enjoy the art, music, activities, tastings, and food.”
Lexi Glass, a GSW art student and an intern at the AMA, said that while glass art created at the festival will not be available for purchase, other glass-blown pieces made by the students will be available. She said live demonstrations of glassblowing art will be conducted throughout the day.
“It is awesome to have these different ways of creating art together at a single event,” Director of Education and Public Programming Annie Vanoteghem said. “Plus, we will have spaces available for community artists, school groups, and others to join in the fun by creating chalk art pieces. There is no cost to participate, but we have a limited number of spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.”
The theme for this year’s festival is “Heroes,” inspired by the current AMA exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, which is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support provided by Art Bridges. In his Fighters for Freedom series, Johnson painted his heroes, people who fought for civil rights and world peace. At AMA Chalkfest: Heroes, professional and amateur chalk artists are being asked to create images of their heroes.
For information on AMA ChalkFest: Heroes and links to secure sign-ups for professional and amateur artists, vendors, food trucks, and volunteers, visit www.amachalkfest.com.
- Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice is in The Haley Gallery, Sept 1-Dec 10, 2022. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support is provided by Art Bridges.
- Wayna: Her Dreams of Ethiopia, Works by Tracy Murrell is in the East Gallery, Sept 1, 2022- Jan 7, 2023.
- Georgia Artists Guild of Albany, 29th Juried Exhibition is in the McCormack Gallery, Sept 1, 2022-Jan 7, 2023.
- Escape Plan, Installation by Elinor Saragoussi is in the West Gallery.
- AMA ChalkFest, Nov 19, 2022, 10 am-5 pm, Front Street and Veterans Park Amphitheater. Admission is free. Get info HERE.
ABOUT THE ALBANY MUSEUM OF ART
The Albany Museum of Art is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive in Albany, Ga., adjacent to Albany State University West Campus just off Gillionville Road. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Albany Museum of Art is open to the public 10 am-5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.
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