21st Mar, 2014

Art Flourishes in Picturesque Fairhope Alabama

From the vantage overlooking the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, picturesque real estate in Fairhope Alabama reflects a local yen for art.  Visitors quickly notice profusely blooming trees and shrubs, gardens, and numerous public works of art.  The character of historic downtown Fairhope real estate is out of a storybook.

Last weekend, Fairhope lit up for the long-standing annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  For 62 years, artists and artisans have gathered for this traditional Fairhope event.  Over 230 exhibitors, live entertainment, delicious food, and wonderful people watching makes this a destination event.  In 2013, over 200,000 visitors attended.  This year unfortunately the inclement weather interrupted the festivities.  Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2009 voted the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival as number 20 of 100 Best Predominantly Classic Contemporary Craft Shows.  It is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Simultaneously, the 42nd Annual Outdoor Art Show overflowed into the streetscapes of Fairhope.  The sponsoring Eastern Shore Art Center added over 160 exhibitors to its Spring Outdoor Art Show.

If you missed last week’s events, plan to check out Baldwin County Fairhope homes for sale during a First Friday Art Walk.  Open 6 to 8 p.m., these free events present 20-30 galleries.  Some feature music, talks, special activities, and/or wine and appetizers.

Fairhope AL homesEver since Fairhope was founded, artists and creative minds have been inspired by the relaxing and stunning setting.  Today’s local artists incorporate a variety of mediums into their work.  For example, Dean Mosher was recently featured in Air & Space Magazine.  His painting of Wilbur Wright and the Statue of Liberty are now hanging in the Smithsonian Museum.  Melissa Smith produced an artsy historic map of the area.  Ron Thompson, the official artist of the 2014 Arts & Crafts Festival, paints boldly with intense color.

And spying around town, the outdoor art installations include bronze works located in front of the Fairhope Welcome Center, behind the History Museum, at the Marietta Johnson Museum, at Pier Park, and at the Eastern Shore Art Center.  Additional works include those forged and fabricated of steel, a fountain with bronze elements, a mural, metal flowers, a bottle tree, aluminum abstract sculpture, and interactive wall hanging, and a multi-stone sculpture.

Fairhope Alabama neighborhoods are filled with tasteful, lushly landscaped homes.  Perhaps residents who are drawn to the beauty of Baldwin County thoughtfully enhance the pristine friendly surroundings.

Buying and Selling Eastern Shore Real Estate

Please let me know how I can help you find the ideal full-time or second home in our beautiful Fairhope Alabama subdivisions and throughout the Mobile area.  For information about the Mobile Alabama real estate market, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

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