By Tara Bennett
This year will mark the fifth year that Perkins Rowe will partner with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge to produce the Perkins Rowe Arts Festival. According to Arts Council Deputy Director Kathy Scherer, the festival has always been a great way to present art and engage Perkins Rowe and bring events to their area of the city.
“[Perkins Rowe] has a lot of really great shops, but this is another fun activity we could do,” said. “It’s a beautiful setting. So it’s a perfect place for an art festival.”
The festival is also a favorite event for Perkins Rowe, according to Marketing/Specialty Leasing Manager Paula Biggs.
“We love promoting the artists in our community, and [the festival] is an event that our merchants and customers look forward to each year,” said Biggs.
This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 19, noon to 6 p.m. As many as over 30 artists will set up shop at the Perkins Rowe Arts Festival, and many categories of arts and crafts will be represented, including ceramics, fiber, jewelry, photography, drawing, printmaking, glass, sculpture, wood, painting and mixed media.
“We have quite a few artists and they’re all very talented,” said Scherer. “Most of those artists are juried artists from the Baton Rouge Arts Market, which is an activity the Arts Council puts on monthly.”
This year’s festival will be the biggest one yet in terms of artist participation, and the festival will also offer a chance for the public to meet and learn from local artists.
“We’re going to have a few artists out there who will be demonstrating their work,” said Scherer. “Festivals like the Perkins Rowe Arts Festival are so important because it gives the artist to have a direct sales opportunity with people who are coming out and buying. People get to meet the artists and get to know them.”
Additional entertainment for the festival includes live music throughout the day. Performers throughout the weekend include United We Jam (Saturday at noon), The Business (Saturday at 3 p.m.), Carbon Copy (Sunday at noon) and Chase Tyler (Sunday at 3 p.m.). Since family fun is always front and center at this annual festival, the event will also feature face painting, pumpkin decorating, balloon twisters, stilt walkers, statue people and caricature artists.
“There’s definitely something for everyone out there,” said Scherer. “It’s really an event for the whole family, and it’s in the convenient area of Perkins Rowe, so there’s lot of great parking, there are wonderful restaurants in the area, so you can really make an entire weekend of coming out to the festival.”
According to Scherer, it’s the perfect time of the year to get outside and get in some early holiday shopping. The weather is currently forecast to be beautiful and clear, and will be cooling down.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to come out to the festival and shop for unique, handmade items,” said Scherer. “We’re getting closer and closer to the holiday season so it’s a perfect place to go pick up some early gifts.”