Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Artists Show off Work Golden Isles Festival Is Made by Hand

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Artists Show off Work Golden Isles Festival Is Made by Hand

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- A kayak race and entertainment by

Southeast Georgia acoustic musicians will highlight the 28th

annual Golden Isles Arts Festival this weekend at Neptune Park

on St. Simons Island.

The festival will showcase 150 artists and crafts people from

across the United States, said Lynda Dalton-Gallagher, executive

director of the Glynn Art Association. Proceeds will be used by

the group for community art programs and exhibits,

Dalton-Gallagher said.

"We'll have a wide variety of arts and craft works. Everything

from paintings to sweet grass baskets, pottery, painted

furniture, soft sculptures and wood carvings," Dalton-Gallagher

said.

Except for the kayak race, all festival events will be at

Neptune Park near St. Simons Island Pier in the Village shopping

district on the island.

The two-day event attracts visitors from across Georgia and

Northeast Florida each year.

"We get thousands of people every year. A lot of people come

back year after year," Dalton-Gallagher said.

The festival will premiere a kayak race -- the idea of avid

kayaker Randall Hollis, who serves as a photography instructor

for the art association, Dalton-Gallagher said.

The race will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brunswick dock

of SouthEast Adventures Outfitters near Howard F. Coffin Park on

U.S. 17 South in Brunswick. Race registration will begin at 1:30

p.m.

The course is about six miles with the tide and the race will

end at the beach near the historic St. Simons Island Lighthouse.

Kellie Parr, festival music coordinator, said area musicians

will provide entertainment at the park's bandstand both days of

the festival.

The performances will showcase a variety of musical styles,

Parr said.

"We have a wonderful lineup. …

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