Art Trail in Cloverdale-Idlewild

By on 13 November, 2017 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Not a day goes by when we don’t give thanks for living in our wonderful neighborhood. The wide streets are safe for jogging and dog walking, there are beautiful mature trees to provide shade (and drop plenty of leaves this time of year), and our neighbors are interesting and creative people. This time of year, their creativity is on display with the third annual Cloverdale-Idlewild Art Trail. The event has grown considerably from its humble roots as a single studio showcase. This year, there will be six studios open for interested visitors, featuring at least 18 artists, some visiting from out of town. All are within walking distance from each other, and there’s even a new Tea Tent this year for visitors seeking refreshment. “People are proud of the neighborhood for being artsy,” said organizer (and artist) Janice Prescott. “We all like living in an artsy neighborhood.”

On December 2 and 3, visitors and neighbors alike will get a chance to see just how artsy the neighborhood is, as studios open for artists to show their work. There will be paintings, jewelry, pottery, glass, needlework and more on display for interested viewers (and buyers). The holiday season is just around the corner, after all, and something homemade is always a unique and treasured gift.

Last year’s Art Trail was a big success, and the first year that the project really came to scale. There were at least 150 visitors, even with rainy conditions, and that convinced organizers that there was a demand for the event. This year, they’ve struck up a partnership with the Montgomery Area Food Bank. All food and beverages at the Tea Tent will be for Food Bank donations, and there will be an on-site raffle of donated art, with all proceeds to benefit the Food Bank.

Prescott said that she had been to similar events in other cities and wanted to build a sense of community here in Cloverdale-Idlewild. Also, she notes, as a working artist herself you have to “do something” with your art, “otherwise it starts piling up.” Being naturally community-minded, she reached out to others to start the Art Trail as a way to showcase local creativity. The Trail isn’t just an opportunity to look at art; it’s also a chance to see where real live artists work and ask them questions about their processes.

Herself a working potter, Prescott says it’s wonderful to have a home studio. “All you have to do is go into the back yard and there you are. I try to go out there every day. Pottery is cyclical, with all of the parts of the process taking a little bit of time. All in all, it’s really fulfilling.”

On December 2, from 10-3, and December 3 from 11-2, you’ll have a chance to see all of this art for yourself. Get a live portrait painted by local legend LG Waldo! Bid on some masterful paintings for a good cause! Get your holiday shopping done early! All of this while supporting local artists in one of Montgomery’s best neighborhoods.

Download a map of the Trail and a list of artists here.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with one cat, a dog, ten fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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