Hilton Head arts festival returns with more arts and crafts

THE ISLAND PACKET
By Mindy Lucas
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One of the area’s largest arts festivals will return to Hilton Head Memorial Day weekend.

Organized by Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company which develops and produces large-scale, outdoor juried art shows across the country, the 8th annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival is May 28-29.

The two-day event will feature more than 100 artists working in variety of mediums from painting to sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry and more. And, for those looking for that unique find, the festival offers a range of price points.

“People look forward to it every year,” said Karen Kozemchak, Director of Marketing at Palmetto Dunes who works with the company to coordinate Hilton Head’s festival. “And I’ve noticed a lot of people will walk around on Saturday and then come back on Sunday and buy.”

In fact, the festival will see about 20,000 people during the course of the weekend, organizers for the company said.

Kozemchak said the festival’s scale and a variety of work is what makes the festival unique.

“And it’s Memorial Day weekend so people are in town just to chill out, so it’s very well attended,” she said.

Carol Joy Shannon, a Beaufort-based painter and mixed media artist who participated in the show for the first time last year, said she was surprised to see where all the people came from to shop at the show.

“There are a lot of people who attend locally,” she said. “And I met a number of people from the Savannah area.”

Shannon, who paints cityscapes and places she visits from her travels to other shows, said it’s also interesting to meet other artists and craftsmen.

“This is an art show that’s bringing in local and national artists,” she said. “At the very least (visitors) will see a wide array of artists from around the country.”

IF YOU GO
The 8th annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 28-29, at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, 1 Harbourside Lane, Shelter Cove Harbour.

Admission and parking are free.

Patron parking lots are located at the adjacent lot behind the HS1 building and the lot across from the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Shuttle service from parking lots will be provided during show hours.

For details call 561-746-6615 or visit www.artfestival.com.