Calligraphy artist Ann Bailey, husband Kevin Bailey and her parents, Bill Moore and Nancy Moore, are looking forward to showing off their wares at the festival in Brown Park in downtown Canton.
The popular Artist’s Market will once again be the centerpiece of Canton Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Offering a wide array of entertainment, children’s art activities, a Serenity Garden, Literary Celebration and beer garden, the free event is expected to pack downtown with art enthusiasts.
Visitors will find more than 60 exhibitors whose fine art mediums include oil, watercolor, fine blown glass, jewelry, decorative and functional pottery, sculpture and hand-turned wood in the juried show.
Bailey, who has a gallery in Clayton with her family and three other artists, took part in the festival last year and she is returning with great expectations.
“Last year was my first year, and I did great. It was nice exposure,” Bailey said. “Out of our gallery of seven artists, I was the first one to see how the show went. So now, four of us are returning.”
Bailey creates what she dubs decorative calligraphy set off by collage mats she also makes from paper scraps from other artists.
Her husband creates two varieties of books — one out of handmade paper from Japan and the other using recycled paper.
He creates photo albums, address books, journals, wedding guest books, baby books and other speciality books.
“We bought a kit with paper in it — some Japanese paper I wanted — so we bought the kit, knowing we were not going to make the book,” Ann said. “He said he would make it and he was hooked, and he has been making them ever since. They make lovely birthday presents, travel logs and graduate gifts.”
Ann Bailey grew up in Chicago, and later moved to Atlanta, where she still has a corporate job. Eventually her parents moved to the area and joined them on the compound where they all live and create their art.
“My dad been doing woodwork since he was in the seventh grade, and mom has beem doing watercolor for 40 years.’’ she said. “When you grow up in a family that encourage creativity, in a creative environment, you are encouraged to express yourself.”
Ann started calligraphy as a community college night class.
“I remember in my class, what I saw in my mind my hand could execute. At first it wasn’t great, but I began to master the shape. Now I do more design work. I prefer making art that makes people think,” she said.
Other local artists include Fred and Laura Ellis who make pottery, and Allen Quandee of Jasper who makes wood creations including hand-turned vases and inlaid sculptures. Also included will be jewelry-maker Kimberly Lowry and painter Dana Vaccaro-Lee.