By Sarah Kuper
For more than three decades, the Mountain Brook Art Association has had its spring art show in April, but now the event has been permanently moved to the Saturday before Mother’s Day.
“Because of Easter moving around, we could never have a specific weekend, and with A-day and Magic City, the weekend was always changing,” said Janet Sanders, Art in the Village show chairman.
Sanders said moving the event to the Saturday before Mother’s Day, May 12 this year, means more than having a predictable schedule and turn-out.
“Some of our artists who have done shows on Mother’s Day in other states say it is a good day. It is a one-day show so it doesn’t run into Mother’s Day, but it is a nice way to spend the weekend in a family-friendly way.”
While Crestline Village has always been an ideal locale for an art show like Art in the Village, Sanders said more than ever it is a perfect set up.
“The whole area is even more opened up now that the Piggly Wiggly and its parking lot are there. People can really see us from anywhere.”
In addition to the artists’ work, Sanders said, a big draw to the event is the abundance of good restaurants and boutiques concentrated in Crestline Village.
“People come down from Greystone and spend the whole day at the gift shops, restaurants and library.”
Plus, Crestline Village has a reputation for catering to young people and their families – a demographic showing more and more interested in local arts.
“We have a lot of new, young members. We are a diverse group of artists with diverse leadership. Our meetings are in the evenings now, so a lot of young working people, men and women, are able to participate,” Sanders said.
Art in the Village is May 12 beginning at 9 a.m. on the athletic field at Crestline Elementary School.
Members of the Mountain Brook Art Association will show and sell their two-dimensional paintings and drawings. ❖