Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville is pleased to announce that for the first time in its 17 year history, the Monte Sano Art Festival will expand to two days. On Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, Arts Huntsville will welcome more than 140 visual art exhibitors from 8 states, local food vendors and music to the annual fine arts festival at Monte Sano State Park. Thirty-five of this year’s exhibiting artists are new to the festival. This year’s festival is presented with support from Simple Helix.
Monte Sano Art Festival will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 18th. The festival is free to attend with a $5.00 parking fee to benefit Alabama State Parks. This year the festival will welcome both new artists and festival favorites to fill the park woods adjacent to Monte Sano Lodge with shopping opportunities, as well as food trucks and musicians.
“Monte Sano Art Festival is a Huntsville tradition and we are excited to once again welcome the community to the beautiful Monte Sano State Park to celebrate our region’s talented fine artists,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “Due to the tremendous response from the community in 2015, we chose to expand the festival to two days to give shoppers more opportunities to explore our region’s talented fine artists, in mediums varying from painting to photography, pottery, sculpture, wool felting, jewelry and more.”
Founded in 1999, the Monte Sano Art Festival was created for the cultural benefit of the community by volunteers who lived in the mountain neighborhood surrounding the state park. In 2015, Arts Huntsville joined with the local volunteer team to manage the programming and logistics of the art show.
This year’s festival will once again feature local food trucks and vendors, including: The Big Easy Mobile Food Trailer, Rollin Lobstah, What’s Popp’N, Iceworks Shaved ice, Piper & Leaf, Suzy’s Pops , Fire & Spice Tex-Mex Food Truck, Valentine’s and Chupper Time. Throughout the weekend, performances by Chip Gulbro and Rob Noneman, The Beasley Brothers, Reginald Jackson, Jimmy Henderson and Winslow Davis will be featured at the pavilion. Other local talent, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Morgan Sloan, Steven Massey and Milltowne will entertain on the bluff.