Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival poster art unveiled

By Melanie LeCroy
Lifestyle Editor
melanie@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 2/18/22

The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation unveiled the 2022 Featured Artist for the 70th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, Jo Patton. Her painting titled "Building Memories" will be …

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Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival poster art unveiled

The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation unveiled the 2022 Featured Artist for the 70th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, Jo Patton. Her painting titled "Building Memories" will be the centerpiece of the festival poster.
The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation unveiled the 2022 Featured Artist for the 70th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, Jo Patton. Her painting titled "Building Memories" will be the centerpiece of the festival poster.
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The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation unveiled the 2022 Featured Artist for the 70th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, Jo Patton. Her painting titled "Building Memories" will be the centerpiece of the festival poster.

Patton has been a lifelong artist but did not start studying art until after her children were grown. She received her bachelor's of fine arts from The University of South Alabama and resides in Fairhope where she paints out of her home studio. Her paintings hang in numerous public buildings including Thomas Hospital, Fairhope City Hall and the Mobile Museum of Art to name a few.

The festival artwork, "Building Memories" focuses on a family enjoying the day on the beach.

"My very best memories are of the years I spent raising children, right here in Fairhope, here on the beach," Patton said.

In 2022 the award-winning Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates its 70th year. The festival began Feb. 22, 1953. It was designed as a tour planned to coordinate with the Mobile Jaycees' Azalea Trail and Mobile Mardi Gras celebrations.

The festival has expanded and changed over the years. What started as a few local artisans in shop windows has expanded to 220 street booths with artists from all over the United States.
This year's festival opens Friday, March 18, and runs through Sunday, March 20. The festival is free and open to the public.
For more information or to purchase festival posters, visit fairhopeartsandcraftsfestival.com.

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