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Arts Alive returns to Florence’s Wilson Park this weekend

FLORENCE — Arts Alive, a project of the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, attracts hundreds of art and craft lovers from across the Southeast.

Wilson Park in downtown Florence is packed with people for two days as they stroll, meet the artists, and purchase artwork. 

This year’s festival is Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

The annual Arts Alive juried fine arts and crafts festival takes place in Wilson Park and at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, and features national, regional, and local artists and crafters. Admission is free so bring the family and stroll through the park as you meet artists, find one-of-a-kind treasures to add to your collection, and enjoy good food.

The festival showcases artists specializing in painting, stained glass, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, fiber art, woodwork, photography, and much more. Arts Alive T-shirts and posters will be available for purchase in the park. 

The Arts Alive juried gallery exhibition is in Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 E. Tuscaloosa Street, right across the street from Wilson Park and is open the same hours as the festival. 

The mission of the Arts Alive festival is to raise money for the sponsorship of workshops and scholarships for art teachers and students in northwest Alabama. The festival is committed to eliminating barriers and is dedicated to the inclusion of artists and patrons of every race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability status, religion, and socio-economic background.

The annual Arts Alive Gala kicks off Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Kennedy-Douglas Center for the Arts. Stroll through the gallery and view this year’s Arts Alive exhibit, enjoy food and drink from local restaurants, and listen to music in the sculpture garden played by local musicians. 

For tickets, click here. 

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