Festival celebrates, promotes fiber arts

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Fiber arts are the feature attraction at the 5th Annual Fiber Arts Festival on November 7 and 8 in Plaquemine. Artists who share a passion for fiber arts will give educational classes, demonstrations and have their art for sale.

Fiber arts included in this festival are cross-stitch, quilting, tatting, Tamari ball making, embroidery, rug hooking, spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, jewelry, basket making, sewing, Oxford needle punch, painting, and more! The event will feature both nationally-recognized artists and local artists.

On Friday, Nov. 7, artists will offer a variety of classes and demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 23645 Church Street. On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Fiber Festival moves to the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park Main Pavilion, for fiber arts demonstrations, classes and some 50 booths of arts, which will be on sale from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Music will be provided by the Iberville Math, Science and Arts Orchestra, and an art supply swap, and food booths will also be available. The event is free, but a small fee is charged for the classes. There is no vendor booth fee for artists.

Pre-registration is required for the classes. Call Charlene Bishop at 225-776-4119 or Kristine Hebert with the Plaquemine Main Street Program at 225-687-3116 for more information and to pre-register.

The Fiber Art Festival is part of the Louisiana Main Street Program: Main to Main – A Cultural Road Show. The event is sponsored by the Plaquemine Main Street Program, and is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and Louisiana State Arts Council.