It was months in the making and took a community-wide collaboration, but after a busy Saturday on April 27, the organizers of the 2019 Mission Arts Festival look back on the event with delight.
“We’re incredibly happy with the turnout in the community,” said Ariel King, the owner of the Historic William Jennings Bryan House. King also led the efforts for the first annual arts festival.
“It’s all about networking and showcasing our local businesses and what our community has to offer in all forms of the arts,” he said.
The festival was staged across the community as 17 local businesses showcased some form of the arts. It ranged from visual art, crafts and pottery and live music to modern dance and documentaries. Book signings featured local authors. The concept of a community-wide festival with multiple sites is to showcase local artistic talents. It also promotes businesses in the city.
“Mission has a lot of mom-and-pop businesses that are terrific but don’t get the accolades they deserve,” King said. “It (festival) is a great platform to provide a showcase for our local arts and highlight our local businesses as well.”
The arts were on full display across town on April 27. The Bryan House hosted a mermaid-themed event with art displays and a mermaid contest that drew young girls with costumes. The Paloma Limassol Company Dance Studio performed several modern dances. The Upper Valley Art League hosted food and artisan vendors as well as the work of local artists and photographers.
“We see it as an opportunity to reintroduce all the talent that we have all around us,” King said.