The 46th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts was held Oct. 21 and 22 at Kentuck Park. The annual festival drew thousands to Northport to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the South's premiere art fairs. Hundreds of folk, visionary and contemporary artists and craftspeople presented their work. Many of the artists offered live demonstrations as well.

Getting to know the artists is one of the charms of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Well, that and sitting under the pine trees, listening to music, surrounded by beautiful art while enjoying great food. For the artists, it is not only a chance to meet with collectors and share their art, but also a time to enjoy spending time with old friends and basking in the special charisma of the annual art festival. This year's festival takes place this weekend, Oct. 21-22, at Kentuck Park in Northport.

The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is the premier art event in West Alabama each year. This year marks the festival’s 46th year, and organizers are putting out a call – volunteers are needed.

Would you like to get involved?

If you were among the thousands of people who attended this past weekend’s 45th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts, you know: The talented artists involved took their crafts to new heights. With so many wonderful participants, no doubt choosing winners was a daunting task.

Without delay, here are the winners this year – and congratulations to all of them. 

The Kentuck Festival of the Arts has brought artists, tourists and local families together in Northport on the third weekend in October for decades. This year, the Festival celebrates its 45th year. And one local group that has been involved with the Festival for many years is, once again, looking forward to being a part of the special event. 

George Shelton, one of Tuscaloosa’s teachers of all things woodworking, has been involved with the Kentuck Arts Festival since its earliest days. And for the past decade or so, Shelton, and the Woodworkers Association of West Alabama, has offered a build your own birdhouse project. 

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.


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