Our goal is to give the community a free cultural event and expose them to fine art and crafts,” said Linda Gourley, chairperson of the 21st annual Art on the Lawn Festival at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.

Despite the event’s title, a lot more than what is traditionally thought of as art will be happening on the grassy area surrounding the historic Sutherlin Mansion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Writers of books are artists, and they will be here,” Gourley said, referring to four local authors who will be signing books: Kathryn Galloway, Glenn Scarboro, Faye Kushner and Val-Rae Christensen.

Reverting to her teacher mode, Gourley, who taught art in the Danville Public Schools for 24 years, said, “Music is another art form and will be provided by Wild & Wandering and Big Bump & The Stun Gunz. We’ll also have two food trucks — Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ and Kona Ice — and adult beverages will be available for sale. These things all add to the cultural environment.”

Bubbling with enthusiasm, Gourley continued, “This is a great event for children. Michelle Bloomer, GWHS art teacher, will guide activities for young attendees. One thing they will do is paint a large canvas like a mural.”

Continuing the list of cultural opportunities, Gourley said, “Lori and Berkeley Bidgood will demonstrate the making of pottery in a portable kiln. This is an interactive experience for adults who will be able to take home their creations.”

Always mindful of the unpredictability of Mother Nature, Gourley noted that it is a rain-or-shine event.

“In the past when it rained, we’ve thought about having wet T-shirt contests,” she joked.

It doesn’t matter if the skies are cloudy or sunny, Gourley promises a fun-filled day for the family.

There will be approximately 20 artists exhibiting.

For more information, visit www.danvillemuseum.org, call (434) 793-5644 or come by 975 Main St. This is also a free-admission weekend at the museum.


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