MOORESVILLE – As many as 50 artists have signed up so far to showcase their artwork and creative pieces for the Arts at The Mill Fine Arts Festival. From photography, pottery and handmade jewelry, the festival returns for a second year –  this time in the summertime.

Beginning June 15, art lovers will get a chance to browse through local talent of various mediums with the opportunity to purchase pieces and vote for their most favored creation throughout the three-day festival. In its inaugural year in 2017, the festival was held in November.

Mooresville Arts President Jessica DeHart said the change came after requests from the artists to host the event during the spring/summer season. DeHart said with the seasonal shift, she anticipates the number of attendees to increase from last year.

“We’ll be having a little bit of everything,” she said when it comes to the kind of artwork that will be displayed. “We wanted to make this a big arts weekend. The NC Plein Air event will also be taking place, so we wanted to provide that opportunity for people to come visit The Mill but also check out our gallery and be in and around the downtown vincity.”

A free shuttle will take patrons from Mooresville Arts to The Mill and back between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Mooresville Arts Secretary Brenda Kadlecik said with as many as 1,500 people at last year’s event, she’s looking forward to bringing a unique event to the area.

“I don’t think there’s anything like this event in the Lake Norman area, and we’re happy to bring something like into the community,” she said. “It’s an in-door festival, and it’s just one-of-a-kind. You get to see a lot of the local artists and their work in one place. When The Mill management approached us about working together and organizing a festival. We decided it would be a good fit for us to bring in the artists into this space. It’s a way to bring attention to the arts and the Mooresville Arts gallery as well.”

The festival is a juried event, which means participating artists will have gone through a screening and an application process through a three-person panel to display their art at the exhibition. Applicants who are interested to be considered as an artist for the event must be at least 18 years old. Application intake ends 5 p.m., Friday, June 1.

“They will be judged on their originality, their composition of the art and the overall quality of their work,” said Kadlecik, who also sits on the committee for the event. “We will also have a ‘People’s Choice’ award where visitors will come in and vote for first, second and third place for their favorite artist.”

DeHart, who will also be submitting her work for review, said she looks forward to local artists coming together.

“I will be listed as an artist myself,” she said. “It’s always interesting to talk to other artists, and I’m always curious to see who will come out and what kind of work will we get a chance to see. We have so many artistic voices and people in the community, and it’s a neat place to portray your craft.”

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