Pre-Fourth Festival attracts hundreds to Arts A Poppin'

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Photos by Ashley Bone Local artist Felix Maxwell shows his pastel portraits at the art show on Saturday.

Hundreds of Marshall County residents attended Saturday's Arts A Poppin' Festival sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. The arts festival was part of a series of annual pageants at the Lewisburg Recreation Center and included an art show, sale and a fish fry.

"It's amazing in a county this size to see all the talent," Lewisburg resident Elaine Whitaker said while browsing through the art show Saturday morning where paintings of pastels, oils, acrylics and charcoal, photography and china painting were on display.

"It's a real arts community," Whitaker said.

Local artist Felix Maxwell, who retired from Nissan three weeks ago, and is a now a full-time artist, displayed pastel portraits for sale at the show.

"It's a good show this year," Maxwell said. "It's a really good selection of artwork."

Macklin and Elinor George of Lewisburg attended the show to see the paintings of their daughter, Janet White, who won a third place prize for an installment of three flower paintings titled "Trio in Red."

Local artist Judith Garnetta Hankins displayed dog and horse portraits along with leather wallets and handbags adorned with dog portraits. Hankins received second place this year for a white poodle portrait titled "Royal Sensation." In the past, she received three first place prizes and two reserves.

"The quality of artists have improved over the years," she said, "and there's quite a bit of talent in Marshall County that a lot of locals don't realize is here."

Jack and Mary Jo Liggett made sure to leave their Lewisburg home Saturday evening for the fish fry hosted by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

The food was served by representatives of Junior Leadership Marshall County, including Sara Barnett, Kristen Clifton, Kensie McKee, Jodie Greer and Ashley Overlander.

Cornmeal battered catfish, hush puppies, fresh fries, hot or coleslaw and pecan and chocolate pie were served in the pavilion of the Lewisburg Recreation Center and visitors ate at picnic tables or in lawn chairs surrounding the pool.

Mary Jo Liggett said the catfish was some of the best she had ever eaten.

"I just come for the fish," she said with a smile.