September 2012 marked the 44th annual Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park, Ga. The festival is named for the Confederate Yellow Daisy that grows on the granite outcroppings of Stone Mountain. Every year it features more than 400 artists and crafters from all over the country. In all the time I’ve lived in Georgia, I have never been to the Yellow Daisy Festival. I’m not a native to Georgia, but for many years the festival was only a ten minute drive away! While I don’t live so close to Stone Mountain now, I decided it was about time I experienced the arts, crafts, food and live music of this wonderful event.
I discovered soon after planning my trip that former EBSQ artist Patti Ballard, of PBS Art Studios, was going to be there selling her whimsical paintings. What a treat! If you ever have a chance to see an artists work beyond the monitor do not hesitate. Nothing compares. Patti’s paintings are like a piece of childhood wrapped with magical daydreams. Browsing her booth was serene and calming.
Patti was kind enough to chat with me a bit before the next wave of visitors hit her booth. Here’s our mini-interview:
AM: How long have you been coming to the Yellow Daisy Festival? And what made you choose this festival?
PB: This was my first year at this festival. I was recommended by a fellow artist who has been doing the show for a long time.
AM: How far in advance to you begin preparing for an art festival?
PB: I usually have shows 1 or two weeks apart so when I am not at a show I am making more art and preparing for shows.
AM: What do you like most about participating in art festivals?
PB: I love meeting new people and seeing all the art. I always find something interesting. And it’s always fun to see other artists I have become friends with at other shows.
AM: Do you have any upcoming festivals? And if so, where?
PB: I have a show scheduled almost every week starting in October. My next show on October 6-7 will be in Melbourne Fl. Only 45 minutes from home… If you like You can see the rest of my art show schedule on my website…mostly all are in Florida!
You can also find Patti here: