Festival Makes “Creative Space” For UA Artisans

UA New College senior Amelia Horshok has organized an arts and crafts festival as her final project in her depth study. Creative Space art festival

In this unique festival, Horshok wants to provide a “Creative Space” for UA student, faculty, staff and alumni artists who want to share their original work – their heart – with the community.

Artists will demonstrate making their work and dialogue with community members about their process. Musical and theatrical performances and a poetry reading are also planned. Because this is the beginning of the holiday season, it will be a great time to shop for gifts.

Artists and craftspeople already signed on include Sara Hart, Candice Ji, Lori Ann Layden, Ashley McWaters, Celia O’Kelley, Marc Burnette, Courtney Barr, Lori Taylor, students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Crimson Clay, members of UA’s Creative Co-op and others.

The poster image (shown here) was created by Courtney Stallings-Barr, a UA art alumnus and a participating artist.

Raised in Tuscaloosa, Horshok says she is using the skills and experience she acquired taking design and public relations courses to plan and organize this event. A UA New College course taught by Susan Fant, “Managing in the Creative Industries,” is teaching her a lot, Horshok says. Horshok also got real world experience managing a retail boutique in Tuscaloosa, “It is where I’ve gained the most experience working with artists and organizing events,” Horshok says.

For more information about Creative Space: Art from the Crimson Heart or if you would like to be a vendor, email Amelia Horshok at amhorshok @ or go to the Facebook event page. The deadline for artist applications is November 1.