Dogwood Arts 2012 : A Downtown Festival

It’s been two weeks since we checked into an apartment downtown, and the finale has arrived:  Dogwood Arts Festival 2012 — art, music, people — Market Square! 

This year’s event did not disappoint.  Artists, local and faraway, (Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky, etc.) brought their best in pottery, jewelry, photography, and doo-dads no one really needs but we want ’em because they make life enjoyable!  Weather cooperated: cool mornings, warm days, and breezy nights — perfect for outdoor dining and strolling with children in tow. 

Here are my favorite shots of Festival 2012. 

(My apologies for lack of captions on some of the pictures.  I wrestled with WordPress about as long as my patience could stand!  Still learning how to blog with the best of ’em!)

Early Morning Before the Crowds

Photographer Clay Thurston opens his tent on Market Square

A quiet moment for the Festival booth before the crowds arrive


Knoxville Habitat for Humanity Boutique Sale

3 UT students man the register: Meghan, Emily & Johan

UT retail class designed the T-shirt for the sale


Crazy shoppers try on fur coats even in the heat!

The sale brought in over $4,000 to build Habitat homes this year!

Art from the People Who See the World Creatively

Lorraine Fletcher's creative photography.



Food of the Festival — the Usual and Unusual

People lined up for an Orange Julius!

Music, Children and a Plethora of Hula Hoops

Local Authors Day at Union Avenue Books

(Since I can’t get the caption to work, that’s Jack Neely reading comments about Knoxville — pro and con — from research he’s gathered! Fascinating talk!)

Sam Venable chats with Jack Neely and David Brill

All Things Dogwood Arts

The Dogwood Arts Festival booth

Kathy Sharp and Dogwood Arts Chair, Lisa Duncan

For more information about the Dogwood Arts Festival — trails, events, and news — check their website.  You’ll wanna come downtown next year, too!

2 thoughts on “Dogwood Arts 2012 : A Downtown Festival

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    1. Rusha Sams

      Cynthia, your post on the Festival was a model of good journalism. No surprise, of course. Great reporting on vendors and artists, and the info on Mondavi’s tasting makes me regret not attending! Thanks, too, for the recipe! We are fortunate to have you writing about Knoxville!

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