Spring Chicken Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25
Where: Downtown Gainesville square
Cost: Free to look at art; $5 cluck cards
More info: www.gainesville.org/spring-chicken-festival
The annual Chicken Festival will be Saturday, April 25, on the square in downtown Gainesville, 104 Main St. SW.
The festival will again feature the highly popular market hosted by The Quinlan Arts Center, Keep Hall Beautiful and Main Street Gainesville.
Art booths set up at the festival will feature works created from all or mostly recycled objects and turned into beautiful works of art. The pieces created include everything from repurposed tires made into chairs to wearable art.
“People are recycling clothing and people are recycling cans. There’s an artist (who) makes jewelry out of recycled glass. There’s a little bit of everything,” Quinlan Visual Arts Center Executive Director Amanda McClure said.
Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase art pieces at different booths sponsored by local Gainesville businesses, such as the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore booth featuring upcycled art made from items that once adorned their shelves.
This is the third year the market has been included in the Chicken Festival, and the festival and market have grown each year.
“Two years ago when Main street actually got involved with Chicken Festival ... I just kept thinking that it’s a great festival, but what if there was just something more to it?” Gainesville Main Street Manager Regina Mansfield said. “The Chicken Festival is awesome, but it’s just nice to grow it a little bit.
“We came up with the Re-Hatched market because in keeping with the recycling theme from Keep Hall Beautiful ... it would just be something different than your standard art-type festival.”
Starting with only eight artists the first year, the festival will boast more than 15 different artists selling recycled or upcycled art.
Booth fees will benefit Quinlan’s scholarships , which given to students who wish to attend the summer art camps at the center.
Though many people may have doubts about purchasing art made from recycled items, Mansfield said don’t be chicken.
“I just want people to realize that just because it’s from recycled or reusable or repurposed items, it doesn’t make it any less quality, than say if somebody were to paint fine art on a canvas,” she said. “There really are some truly great artists.”