FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Dahlonega, Ga.
April 4, 2014
MARKETPLACE WILL FEATURE MORE EXHIBITORS
The Artist Marketplace for the 18th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will have more exhibitors' tents this year and will also feature a new section showing the work of stringed instrument makers.
Scheduled Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, and held around the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, the 2014 festival's juried Artist Marketplace will have a record number of 68 booths which will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Around 55 of these booths will display the work of some of the region's best artists and craftsmen, of whom 24 are new to the Bear festival. Featured artists, some of whom will be demonstrating their talent, will display fabric arts, folk arts, furniture/woodworking, glass and metal, jewelry, mixed media, drawing and painting, photography, pottery, woodworking, and jams, jelly, honey, candles and soaps. Among the folk artists this year will be noted area resident Billy Roper, the festival's Heritage Sponsor.
For the first time this year, the Marketplace will include a Luthier's Row, where custom made stringed instruments can be ordered from a lineup of six skilled, regional instrument builders.
In another section of the Marketplace, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Festival Sponsor, will present several demonstrating artists who work in blacksmithing, pottery, spinning and dyeing, weaving, woodcarving, and basketry.
Also, in various locations around the square, there will also be booths for the Weekend Gold Miners, SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA), festival information and merchandise tents, an instrument sitting tent, a First Aid tent, the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School, BB&T, Giggle Monkey Toys, and Appalachian Broadband Technologies (ABT Wireless).
The Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is a yearly celebration of Southern Appalachian music, traditional craft and folkways. For more details about the festival, including the complete lineup of performers and artists, other activities, schedules, and updates between now and the event, visit www.bearonthesquare.org.