Record crowds for this year's Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival - - Jackson, MS

Record crowds for this year's Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Artists flocked to the Renaissance at Colony Park this weekend to show of their works while thousands get a chance to meet them and learn more about their creations.

A local designer was there and expanding her brand here and in north Mississippi.

"There are artists from across the country all the way from Oregon to New Jersey," said Ridgeland Tourism Commission Executive Director Mary Beth Wilkerson.

Thousands packed the Renaissance to see the designs painstakingly crafted by artists who traveled to the Magnolia state to share their visions.

There's everything from paintings to clay, woodwork, sculptures, jewelry, clothing and much more. 

"It's fun to be able to congregate with fellow Mississippians," said Jewelry Designer Ann Taylor Duease.

Duease is from Madison. She has a studio in Starkville where her collection is produced.

"I have interns there design and P.R. and marketing. So girls that are in school they're able to get school credit and fulfill their needs academically as well as hopefully get inspired in the jewelry and design aspect," added Duease.

Live music filled the air as shoppers talked to the 80 art designers about their creations. 

Beth Williams of Brandon was there with her seven year old Sadie.

"She's taking art lessons, so she's interested in different styles of art," said Williams. "Water colors, acrylics, sculptures. So we're getting a lot in. It's beautiful art".

Anderia Williams of Clinton is drawn to the canvases.

"This is our third year coming. The paintings because everyone is different," said Williams. "Everyone has their own style. I just like to see what they have".

The festival attracts art lovers from across the southeast. So many in fact that organizers said this is a record year for attendance.

"The interesting thing about it is the artists are right here. So people can engage with the artists, understand their inspiration and why they do what they do what they do," added Wilkerson. "It's exciting for Ridgeland because we are generating economic revenue for the city".

Next year's event is scheduled for the first weekend in April.

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