4 Bridges Arts Festival Is April 11-13

Friday, March 21, 2014
The 2014 Nexus poster by Amanda Brazier.
The 2014 Nexus poster by Amanda Brazier.

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival returns to the First Tennessee Pavilion April 11-13.  Recognized by the New York Times, the festival attracts thousands of guests every spring for a full weekend of art, live music, local food and creative kids.  

This juried fine art and fine craft festival will feature over 145 of the nation’s artists exhibiting painting, glasswork, jewelry, textiles, photography, sculpture and more. A Preview Party opens the Festival on Friday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.

The festival continues to showcase a select group of regional artists through its Emerging Artists Program awarding up to six artist scholarships. This opportunity is open to artists who have worked in the field on a more novice or part-time basis and would like to shift to making professional-level work full time. Liz Fuller, Michelle Kimbrell, Turry Lindstrom, Michael Smelcher, and Maria Willison have been selected for this honor for the 2014 festival and will receive free booth space and professional development prior to the event. Past Emerging Artist Amanda Brazier designed the original artwork for this year’s limited edition collectible fine art poster. “Nexus”, a 23”x23” handmade oil paint on panel, will be available for purchase through a silent-auction taking place throughout the weekend. All artists also compete for $10,000 in merit awards through onsite jurying April 12.

Festival tickets are $7 for a single day ticket and $10 for two day passes. Preview Party tickets are $75. Festival and Preview Party tickets may be purchased online at the www.4bridgesartsfestival.org or at the door. Preview Party hours are 6:30-10 p.m. Festival hours on Saturday are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. 

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival is produced by the Association for Visual Arts and Leo Events, For more information, visit www.4bridgesartsfestival.org.



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