MARLBOROUGH – “The Modern Art of Tying the Knot” is the topic of a special exhibit at this season’s Paradise City Arts Festival March 22-24 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough.
Founding Director Linda Post comes up with an imaginative theme for the festivals, held twice yearly in Marlborough and Northampton. This time around, the theme is all about the symbols associated with marriage: the engagement and wedding rings – enduring symbols of love – the wedding dress, and other accoutrements, from favors to china, cakes, centerpieces, festive outfits, romantic art and photography, and the wedding feast all play important roles in the journey. Be sure to stop by this special exhibit in the “Chapel of Love” in the Sculpture Cafe at Paradise City Arts Festival.
“The wedding ceremony, whether a simple civil ceremony, magnificently orchestrated affair, or exotic destination wedding becomes an opportunity to express commitment and love,” said Linda Post in a press release. “Fine arts and crafts can play an important role in making the experience ven more special. Hand-blown champagne flutes to toast the couple, gleaming silver knives to cut the cake, festive outfits for dance the night away, unique table favors, stunning vases for floral centerpieces, and romantic photography all contribute to the festivities – and the memories. For the participants, what better way to say “I love you” to the happy couple than with something artfully exquisite for their new home that they will cherish forever.
Paradise City, “Fairs of Fine and Functional Art,” features 175 juried artists from 25 states who exhibit original works in art glass, ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, fine furniture, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, photography, large-scale sculpture, wearable art and wood.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating our 25th year of producing and directing the Paradise City Arts Festivals,” said Director Geoffrey Post, in a release. “With about 40 new exhibitors participating this spring, there are fresh discoveries everywhere. And every booth is a tiny gallery or boutique, each one carefully constructed with an artist’s eye and a maker’s hand.”
Paradise City Arts Festival
WHEN: March 22-24. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West (Rte. 20), Marlborough
ADMISSION: $14 adults; $12 senior 65+; $8 students; $16 weekend pass; free for children under 12. Free parking, handicapped accessible
INFO: www.paradisecityarts.com; 800-511-9725