With her fists closed tightly, Chris Heeter let her hands drop lightly to her sides, opening her palms widely and wildly. And with that small, simple motion, Heeter was unknowingly opening not just her hands, but her heart to a presence that would change her life as well as thousands of others.
MAIN ST. art festival to take over Fort Worth for 30th year
MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, the largest art festival in Texas, will celebrate its 30th year April 9-12. Spanning 25 city blocks to showcase 215 artists from around the country, the event is also the city’s largest music festival.
Only 14 percent of the 1,345 applicants have been selected to exhibit this year, featuring 15 mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, printmaking, digital, fiber, leather, painting, drawing and pastels, glass, metalwork, photography and wood. The organizers predict more than $4.6 million worth or art will be sold. There will also be a Young People’s Art Fair with work from more than 200 young artists available for purchase.
The festival is a nationally recognized event and a three-time winner of the Grand Pinnacle award from the International Festivals and Events Association. It is also one of top ten arts festivals in the U.S., according to the Art Fair Sourcebook.
“Over the past three decades, MAIN ST. has become one of the most attended and celebrated arts festivals in the country, with tens of thousands coming together to enjoy one of the world’s largest outdoor art galleries and music venues,” said Larry Anfin, chairman of the festivals and events committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., which organizes the event. “The original hope that MAIN ST. would someday become a multi-faceted festival that would transform downtown into an outdoor gallery and concert stage has not only come to life, but has exceeded what anyone thought was possible.”
For more information about the festival and event schedule visit the website.