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Steven Burney of Town Creek created this winning design in Art on the Square's T-shirt contest. He will be a featured artist on display at the event.
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Steven Burney of Town Creek created this winning design in Art on the Square's T-shirt contest. He will be a featured artist on display at the event.

Originality on display at Art on the Square in downtown Athens

Artists and art lovers can mingle in an outdoor gallery Saturday in downtown Athens.

The second annual Art on the Square is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last year's event brought about 3,000 people to the square, said Diane Lehr, artist and AOTS secretary, and she expects the crowd to be bigger Saturday.

"Well, we want 40,000 (people to attend)," she said, laughing. "But we hope for more — that's our goal."

Lehr said she has enjoyed watching the art culture grow in the area.

"It would be great to see this little town of Athens become an art mecca," Lehr said, "and this art festival is another incentive to see Athens in this way."

About 45 regional artists will display and sell their original artwork in mediums from painting, ceramics and clay to pottery, photography and jewelry. The event is a juried art show, and one artist will be named best in show.

"(You will) see people get excited about owning a piece of original art, rather than mass-produced work, which has become more common," Lehr said.

"What art is is what someone has to say," she said, "so being able to put your art out there is just a good thing."

The "Athenian Arts" area on Market Street will offer free activities for children. Activities include painting, bead making, clay, story time, tie-dye shirts and a booth to fish for art supplies.

Live music is scheduled, along with Tai Chi demonstrations and interpretative dance.

Vendors will offer food, and several restaurants will be open.

This year the nonprofit organization got involved with school systems with a children's art competition, art camp and art scholarships, Lehr said.

About 300 student pieces from the spring art contest will be on display in restaurant windows on the square. Winners in three age categories will receive a $50 certificate to purchase art supplies.

Visit www.athensartonthesquare.com for more information.

- Andrea Brunty

Music schedule

  • 10-11 a.m.: Huntsville Community Children’s Chorus

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Cristina Lynn

  • 1:15-2:30 p.m.: Kenneth Brown

  • 2:45-4 p.m.: Free 24-7

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