Arts & Crafts

Annual festival will feature a variety of artists

by Bradley Hartsell

At this weekend’s Powers Festival, arts and crafts stand as one of its deepest traditions. With the festival entering its 43rd year, more than 60 exhibitors will set up for an array of creations from needlework to jewelry.

Artist Mindy Harrell is taking part in her second Powers Festival. After recently moving from Park City, Utah, to Newnan, she entered into this year’s trial spring festival and was pleased with the turnout.

Harrell runs Harrell Art Group with her husband, Jim. Harrell graduated with an art degree from Ferrum College in Virginia and for 15 years has worked as a full-time artist.

“I’m known for my abstract trees, on canvas and hardboard, but I also do decorative painted furniture,” says Harrell of her work.

Harrell will be doing live demonstrations at the booth, something she likes to do to catch people’s attention.

Powers Festival was founded by well-known artist Tom Powers, but the festival has always been conscientious about exploring the arts beyond just painting, hence the jewelry, the needleworks and glass works. Linda Kirk, who runs Wizards of Glass with her husband, Butch, in Apopka, Fla., says she discovered her love of glasswork out of boredom. Her husband worked with stained glass, which she began fooling around with. She kept working with the glass but found flat glass to be too limiting, thus she started shaping and molding the glass in a kiln to heat them and manipulate them into different dimensions.

Without official training but with plenty of dedication, the Kirks made Wizards of Glass a full-on venture. The Kirks now tour their work, making the seven-hour drive from Apopka, just outside of Orlando, to Newnan.

“We heard [Powers] was a very good festival,” recalls Kirk of how they got involved with a festival seven hours away. “We were looking to do shows outside of the state.”

When they came in April, they battled the heavy rain but they still found success and obviously felt the need to come back.

“A couple of people got custom orders [in April], so we’ll be delivering them.”

Powers always assures there is something for everyone. From youngsters to art enthusiasts, there’s always a glass decoration or an abstract painting at a booth just waiting for eager eyes.

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