Dogwood Arts Celebrates on a Beautiful Weekend

Stella McDaniel
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022

The Dogwood Arts Festival concluded yesterday after three days filled with the usual wonderful range of arts. Clay, porcelain , and stonework mingled with painting, photography, found-object art and more. The backdrop was provided visually by the Sunsphere and aurally by a wonderful list of curated musical artists.

The Plant Trolley, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
The Pink Petal, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022

I have to say I’m loving the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn as a spot for most of our festivals. The city spent a lot of dollars making it a great place for events and I’m glad to see it being used. The twin concerns of fewer people attending if festivals left Market Square and downtown shops getting less of a boost from festival goers do not seem to have played out. The festival was hoping from the beginning and the shops were packed all weekend. It was literally hard to walk around the heart of downtown on Friday and Saturday.

Gregory’s Greenhouse, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Wolf Leathers, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022

Urban Woman and I took in the first hours on Friday and, like so many things we do lately, it seemed sweeter this year. I attended last year on the Performance Lawn, but this was the first festival she had braved since the beginning of the pandemic. She said it felt like we were “on vacation.” And it did.

Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Debi Dwyer Designs, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Woven Together, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022

As always, the juried art was amazing and the range provided offered something for everyone. The bright sunshine and unmasked smiles just made everything a bit better. We found some of everything that we really liked, from paintings and photography to Jewelry and purses. I did realize later I’ve lost a bit of my coverage memory since I haven’t been to as many recent festivals: I failed to get some of the artist’s names to go with the work presented here and for that I’m sorry.

Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Faye May Creative Arts, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Brook Taylor, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Lisa’s Glass Studio, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022

As we walked away, I suggested we keep the vacation going by enjoying a crepe at French Market, which we did. It was great to enjoy the festival and it was great to be able to walk back into the neighborhood and have a quieter experience, sitting outside, watching people walking by.

Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Thomas Harris, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Deborah Bryant Handwoven, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Clay Squared to Infinity, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Jon Thompson with Debbie’s Birdhouses, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022
Paris Woodhull, Dogwood Arts Festival, World’s Fair Performance Lawn, Knoxville, April 2022

If you haven’t checked out a festival on the performance lawn just yet, I’d encourage you to do so. Next up for the lawn is a return of live music to the spot where so many of us loved Hot Summer Nights many years ago. It returns in the form of the Southern Skies Music Festival on May 14 featuring Blues Traveler, The Dirty Guv’nahs and more and that is also presented by Dogwood Arts. Next up for festivals, however, is the major festival that remains in the heart of downtown, as the Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival takes the stage next weekend.

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