Prattville – The 5th annual Fountain City Arts Festival was held on March 27 at Pratt Park and featured artists Yvonne Wells, Nancy Raia, Charlie Lucas, Russell Everett, and She-She, among others.
Vendors selling seafood, BBQ, shaved ice, hot dogs, funnel cakes, and roasted corn kept the festivalgoers from getting hungry. The Prattville Pops, Simply 4 Given, Gene Lane, The John Bull Band, and Lisa and the E-lusion provided the entertainment on Saturday.
This year a hands-on children’s creativity pavilion was displayed so that youngsters could have the opportunity to interact with the artists.
Birmingham resident, painter, and writer She-She Vaughn not only shared knowledge of her craft at the festival, but she actually goes into the schools to work with fourth graders.
Vaughn shows kids how basically any material can be smeared on a canvas. She began painting on tin because “real” art supplies were too expensive.
“I take coal, limestone, and iron ore with me and the children create,” she said. “It doesn’t take much money to create art.”
The artist known as She-She began her designs at the early age of eleven and credits the skill as being her “saving grace” when being faced with depression earlier in life.
“When you’re really down in a ditch, you have to have something to bring you up,” Vaughn said. “I started painting pink flamingos – they are beautiful and make me so happy.”
“Fine art is my challenge, but folk art is my reward,” she continued. “It comes from my heart.”
Prattville native, rock and roll R&B soul singer Wilson Pickett was honored at this year’s festival. Many of his family members, including daughters Saphane and Veda, brother Maxwell, and sisters Bertha, Katherine, and Emily offered a tribute to the legendary performer by creating a work of art.
“The theme is ‘Midnight Hour’ and there is also a picket fence on the painting,” said Katherine Williams, sister of Pickett.
This was Miss Fountain City Jessica Brookshire’s first appearance at the festival selling all kinds of baked goods, Easter cakes, and an old fashioned candy bar where you could “pick your own.”
“All Miss Alabama contestants have to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network,” said Brookshire. “So I’m just trying to make a little extra for the cause here at the festival.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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