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Mentone, Alabama – In the northwest corner of Georgia, the town of Summerville welcomes juried artists from across the region the second weekend in December when the annual Rattling Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival sets up in town. Twenty-five artists and craftsmen who will be presenting their latest original creations are expected at this year’s event set for December 8-9, 2012 at the Chattooga County Civic Center.

Named for a Native American resident of the area before it became Chattooga County, the annual event offers an up close look at a variety of fine arts and crafts and the opportunity for the public to mingle with artisans and crafters in a small, intimate setting. During the two day event, visitors can expect a stellar collection of handmade jewelry, pottery, turned wooden bowls, paintings, photography, and carvings. The Chattooga Garden Club will also serve refreshments throughout the two-day event.

“The Rattling Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival offers holiday shoppers a chance to purchase an original piece of work to give as a unique Christmas present or to keep for their own enjoyment,” said Harriet O’Rear, president of the Mentone Area Arts Council. This year’s event coincides with the Victorian Christmas Walk, an incredible life-size display of Christmas vignettes in the store windows of downtown Summerville, which is set to open on Sunday, December 9.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and admission is free. The Chattooga County Civic Center is located at 44 Highway 48 in Summerville, Georgia. Summerville is located approximately 10 miles east of the Georgia/Alabama state line.

The annual festival is sponsored by the Mentone Area Arts Council, Paradise Gardens Foundation and Vision Gallery of Summerville. For more information on the Rattling Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival, email Fran Myers at franmyers@gmail.com.

About the Mentone Area Arts Council

Founded in 2006, The Mentone Area Arts Council (MAAC) is a non-profit tax exempt organization that has enriched the quality of life for people in Mentone, Alabama, and neighboring communities by raising funds for the arts, sponsoring events, providing educational opportunities, and strengthening cultural resources for the benefit of all businesses and citizens in the Mentone area.

Written by 49 County News.Net

November 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Posted in Current Events, News

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