Organizers planning art, music festival

By Jasmine Madjlessi
AandE@mimonitor.com

MOUNT HOLLY – The seventh annual Mount Holly Art and Music Festival is coming up. Sept. 26 and 27 marks a celebration of art, music, alcohol and food in historic downtown.
“When we decided to start this festival seven years ago, we wanted to support local artists and musicians and offer the people who visit a chance to immerse themselves into art if only for that day,” said Wendy Foster, the executive director of the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation.
Organizers saw last year’s crowd increase by more than 8,000 people in 2013, Foster said.
“We want the attendees to experience the joy of art by listening to great music throughout the day on two stages, browsing through the Artist Village, tasting NC wines, and eating from some of the fi nest food vendors in the area,” she said.
Bands such as Sol Fusion and Big Daddy Love will perform.
“The band is excited about the opportunity.” said Chris McClure, the manager of Sol Fusion, “The band loves to play publicly. Ninety percent of performances are private, so the festival allows us to play the music we want to play, the music we like.”
Artists, such as Bloomin’ Plates and Flying Leaf Studios, will also attend.
Kate Kaplan, owner of Kate’s Trinkets and Treasures, expressed excitement for being able to attend the festival again. The festival will help artists like her reach different customers and possibly have the chance for a shop to buy her art wholesale, Kaplan said.
Organizers have added an educational children’s zone, where kids can learn how to make an instrument or a piece of art, try out yoga, have their faces painted and get their caricatures drawn, Foster said.
Jennah Thomason will draw caricatures, and E Corps Expeditions Inc will help make recycled crafts.

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