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May 8, 2012

Festival of the Arts coming to Mabank

Historic Market Street setting for this Saturday, May 19 activity

ATHENS — Come one and all to the Cedar Creek Lake Area Festival of the Arts in Mabank on historic Market Street, Saturday, May 19. 

Mark your calendar now. You won't want to miss this great display of art and handcrafted items. 

The Annual Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts is hosted by the Mabank Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Market Street opens to the public at 10 a.m., and there’ll be something to suit everyone’s taste in arts, crafts, music and food.

The theme of the Festival, “Experience Art - Pure Americana,” really sets the tone and atmosphere for the day. 

More than 50 artists  and craft vendors are already participating, and there is room for more. Come see for yourself, and join people like Susie Helm, with her stamped ceramic tiles, coasters and magnets, and Paul Fishers showing off his great wood-working, including clocks and bowls. Randy Fisher, from Kemp, will be there with his unique yard art, each item custom-designed and one-of-a-kind.

Also joining the festival this year will be Duane Roy from Dallas, presenting his metal sculptures uniquely-set to fishing themes so appropriate for the Cedar Creek Lake area, and Chris Stephen (Copperhead Ridge) from Wills Point featuring his band-saw jewelry boxes, Pioneer Log Boxes (with hidden compartments) and unique bird-house designs for your feathered friends. 

And for that special touch of Native American Arts and Crafts, you'll won't want to miss the tremendous paintings and custom jewelry by Arnold Pena or Anna Kirby, with her "Dreaming Wolf" collection of moccasins, clothing and assorted hand-crafted items

 The Art Wall, presented Ben and Sadey of Sugar Rock, will be at the festival again, offering that great self-expression painting opportunity on canvas to young and old with the artistic flair.

The very-talented students from the Mabank High School Fine Arts Department will again show their paintings, design and crafts.

The list of quality vendors just keeps getting bigger and better for this year's Festival of the Arts.

In addition to all of the art and craft offerings, look for great music on-stage all day, produced by Chris Weis, and featuring some great vocals by Jess Leonard, Zac Groom and Pearl Cantrel.

For you Jimmy Buffet fans, you’ve got to hear Kelly Brown from the Bad Monkeys Band. There will also be special presentations by the young dancers from the Dance Connection on Market Street.

There’ll be clowns and face-painters on hand, a 65-foot-long bounce house/maze for the children, and an amazing display by ONCOR energy. 

Since the Festival is designed as a family event, visitors can expect to enjoy great art, crafts, music, and some of the best food vendors to meet most everyone’s taste buds.

So mark your calendars, save the date, and plan to attend the Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts on Market Street in Mabank, Saturday, May 19.

Admission to the event is free.  Artists and craftspeople still have time to reserve a space at $40 each, no electricity available.

Sellers will be asked to provide their own tents and furnishings. No garage sale-type merchandise will be allowed.

“Experience Art - Pure Americana” is coming to historic Mabank Market Street on May 19,  from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. 

To receive an application or vendor information, call 903-880-3846 or 903-887-3152 or e-mail

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