The Chain of Parks Art Festival unveiled the 2021 Festival Cover Artist during its annual soiree on Jan. 21, 2021, hosted by LeMoyne Arts. The event was a time to thank donors and loyal Festival supporters in preparation for the newly expanded weeks-long celebration planned for April.
Festival organizers introduced cover art by Nashville artist Jim Sherraden, titled “Kaleidoscope.” Sherraden has also participated in previous festivals.
“We are elated to have the opportunity to plan this festival for the 21st year as well as the exciting expanded new experiences being presented this year,” said Kelly Dozier, Festival Chair. “We are keeping the safety of the community as our top priority as we expand the Festival that we believe supporters and the community will appreciate.”
The 21st Annual Chain of Parks Art Festival is scheduled to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, 2021, at the Bloxham, Lewis and Randolph “Chain of Parks,” in downtown Tallahassee.
Other news for the 2021 Festival includes mural artist Michael Rosato as presenting artist in collaboration with Florida State University’s Opening Nights on Thursday, April 15; print making workshops with visiting artist, Jim Sherraden in the gardens at LeMoyne Arts Thursday and Friday, April 15 & 16; and Zerbe Zelebration, a tribute to Karl Zerbe, a world renowned expressionist artist who taught at FSU and had a significant impact on the visual arts in our community.
The Zerbe Zelebration, to be held April 9-18, will be a city-wide collaboration of exhibitions, roundtables, custom Proof beer and social media interactive experiences.
“We all know 2020 has been a tough year, that’s why we think it’s so important to find innovative ways for people to have fun and safe experiences in our community” said Powell Kreis, Festival Manager. “Everyone is anxious for events that make us feel connected while still being responsible; we’re working hard to make that possible for 2021 with the help from our supporters.”
The festival is produced by LeMoyne Arts and Presented by Mad Dog Construction. For more information about the Chain of Parks Art Festival, visit www.chainofparks.com or email [email protected].
Jim Sherraden, a native of Kansas, has been a resident of Nashville, since 1977. Sherraden is represented by the Haley Gallery in Nashville, which also exhibits his monoprint work created during his tenure as Master Printer at Hatch Show Print from 2013 to 2017. He is currently the shops archivist for its parent company, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Inc., in Nashville.
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