The Cedar Springs Arts Festival on Saturday was very successful, but Cedar Springs Merchants Association Executive Director Scott Whittall said he expects next year’s event to be much larger.
Whittall said that this year’s date conflicted with an art and jazz fest in Denton. The date planned for 2013 doesn’t conflict with other art festivals and additional artists have already indicated interest. He said that April is a busy time for art festivals before the weather warmed up. The previous weekend was the Main Street Arts Fair in Fort Worth.
Artists and crafts designers who exhibited at the Cedar Springs Arts Festival agreed that this year’s event was a success.
“We’ll be back,” artist Marco Saucedo said. “We heard about it in past years and this year decided to sign.”
By mid-afternoon, a number of paintings in Saucedo’s booth had sold signs on them.
While most of the tents displayed art, others included a variety of crafts, jewelry, businesses, upcoming events and even a dog rescue.
Ryan Paddock is a veterinarian who grows staghorn ferns as a hobby. Many of the larger ones left in his booth also had sold signs. He said he was delighted with the interest people were showing in his ferns.
Clyde Greenhouse, owner of Kessler Cookie Co., wanted to introduce people to his products baked in Oak Cliff. He said he’s been in business 10 years.
“We bake to order,” Greenhouse said. “We deliver locally and ship nationally.”
Whittall unveiled the new logo for “The Strip on Cedar Springs” at the arts fest and displayed it on a T-shirt. The design by Brian Nelson was chosen from submissions solicited by the Merchants Association. Whittall said that the name reflected how merchants have heard people refer to the area recently. Previously, the retail area was usually referred to as The Crossroads, but that began to change when longtime Oak Lawn anchor store Crossroads Market closed.
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