Artists’ showcase highlights local talent

Published 4:33 pm Friday, November 18, 2011

The Chilton County Arts Council is using momentum from its first Artists’ Showcase and Fall Festival Oct. 29 and 30 to plan future showcases.

This year’s event was held at Jefferson State Community College and featured 41 artists’ booths, live music and children’s activities.

Arts Council President Elizabeth Byrd said between 700 and 1,000 people attended in two days.

“We couldn’t have written down what we wanted and gotten it any better,” Byrd said. “There’s no doubt we’ll do it again. It was too good.”

Byrd said the council will most likely shorten the name to “The Showcase,” but they will always try to hold it on the last weekend of October.

“We figured out this is the time to do it,” Byrd said. “It makes since because the pumpkin (patch) across the street (is) open all month.”

The winner of the quilt raffle was Lynoitte Hathcock, who also had a booth for her stained glass pieces.

Chilton County Master Gardeners manned the quilt raffle table, and according to Byrd, everyone was pleased with the facility.

“What a great place for artists to meet,” Byrd said. “Everybody got along, and it was 100 percent successful.”

Byrd said she hopes to find a way for the arts council to be involved with the schools and with culinary arts.

“We want to be available and accessible to everyone,” she said. “We’ve got things on the horizon on both ends. We can look back on good and look forward to better.”

The council meets the second Sunday of every month at the Chilton-Clanton Public Library and is accepting new members.

Byrd said the council does not have a website currently but is working to build one.

For more information or to apply for membership, email