The 46th American Craftsmen Festival returns to Nashville

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The American Artisan Festival returns to Nashville June 17-19 at Bandshell, located in Centennial Park. This event gives the Nashville community the opportunity to connect with American artists and their work. For festival director Samantha Saturn, the festival is more than art; it is a family duty.

The festival was founded and organized in 1972 by his mother Nancy Saturn, a local artist and craftswoman. She ran the festival for about 40 years before her death in 2010. Samantha continued the festival in her honor.

Nashville’s art scene is growing, now more than ever. For those who are uncomfortable or intimidated by buying art, this festival gives attendees the opportunity to learn and connect with the artists and their work. The artists presented are of various ages, races and regions. These are unique, handmade pieces with sentimental value. Art ranges from paintings, jewelry, rugs, drawings, etc.

Each year, the festival launches a national call for artists. Artists are then hand selected by the festival director based on what would appeal to different crowds and mediums to create a diverse mix of art. Some of the artists featured this year are: Jason Brueck (mixed media), Sydney Strong (jeweller), Henry Levine (glass), Tony Sobota (painter), Erin Alice Gray (painter), Michael Weintrob (photographer) and many more . A total of 100 artists will present their work this year.

In addition to the visual artists, there will be 20 musical acts performing. There will also be a children’s corner with art activities and other entertainment. All activities for children will be free. Food vendors will also be present and available to everyone.

Admission to the festival is free, but there are passes available for purchase ranging from $50 to $129. These passes encompass a range of benefits, including access to a guest-only area with a private bar, reserved parking, signage, and more. These can be purchased at www.americanartisanfestival.com/patron-pass.

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