HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Panoply Arts Festival is back for its 40th year and they’re pulling out all the stops. You can expect more music and art than ever before for this three-day festival.
The festival is expanding this year, expanding to Big Spring Park East and Church Street. There will be 50 artists and more than 30 musical performances on two stages.
On Thursday morning, Art’s Huntsville unveiled the poster by local artist Sonya Clemons. The poster features the Big Spring Park Bridge and the Ducks, with lots of fun and whimsical colors and symbols.
Clemons, or the Art Lady as she likes to be called, told News 19 that she wanted the poster to be happy and to reflect how good it is to be back after COVID-19 took its toll. on the latest festivals.
“To celebrate the 40and Panoply Arts Festival, we have selected a local artist who grew up with the event and whose works could celebrate Panoply’s community history and its place in Huntsville today,” said Arts Huntsville’s General Manager. , Allison Dillon-Jauken, in a press release. “Celebration of Panoply by Artlady Sonya showcases the festival’s iconic Big Spring Park setting and celebrates the art, music, food and fun that festival-goers of all ages have experienced at Panoply for four decades.”
Clemons will be selling his original paintings at the Panoply Arts Festival, and festival-goers will be able to purchase merchandise featuring his works at Panoply Stores. Arts Huntsville will also be offering a limited number of signed posters for the public to purchase.
Panoply kicks off at 5 p.m. on April 29.
This year there will be a new Art OutLoud stage, which will host spoken word performances by local literary figures, poets, authors and comedians. A special dedication will be held on Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. in honor and memory of beloved local poet and author Carey Link.
Panoply’s indie stage will be in a new location in Big Spring Park East and will feature local solo and duo musical performances all weekend long.
The Showcase stage behind the Huntsville Museum of Art will feature several bands and performances over the three days of the festival. Friday night hosts a rock night with Tres Locos, Jayne & the Huntsmen and headliner Hero the Band.
On Saturday, the festival will feature performances from Rule of Thirds, Knightshade, Shane Davis, Grove Yard and Will River throughout the day. That night, festival-goers can enjoy Element XI, followed by Saturday headliners The Suffers.
Sunday celebrates a day of Alabama Music with local band TGTG, followed by Moon Tree of Muscle Shoals. Local favorite and former Panoply contest winner Alex Banks & Co. takes the stage in the early afternoon, followed by Huntsville singer-songwriter Lana White. Huntsville native Paul McDonald will close the festival.
Closer to the festival date, a playlist of musicians from this year’s Panoply Arts Festival will be posted online at www.artshuntsville.org.
The Art Market will offer shopping in a magnificent setting. This year, the Place du Marché de l’Art with jury will welcome more than 100 visual artists. The 2022 Art Market will welcome both long-time artists from the festival as well as over 50 new exhibitors from Panoply. This year’s performers hail from 25 states, with some hailing from as far away as California and New Mexico.
Student art tent and face painting tent
The Student Art Tent will be in Big Spring Park East showcasing budding talent in the community, featuring artwork from students of all ages who attend public and private schools in Madison County. In another popular destination, festival-goers can celebrate their creative side at the Panoply Face Painting Tent.
Arts in Action and Community Art
Regional artists will be giving demonstrations of their art in Panoply’s Arts in Action tents, where festival-goers can experience the process of plein-air painting, art journaling, vinyl art and guitars in cigar boxes. Festival-goers of all ages will also be able to stretch their creative muscles with hands-on community arts activities, as First Baptist Church returns to Panoply again this year. Together with festival-goers, they will create a new mosaic that will be displayed in the community and enjoyed long after the festival weekend is over.
Panoply’s STEAM Street will feature special activities such as:
- Rockin’ Rockets! – Using paper straws and pipettes, festival-goers will create a propulsion system. Once the design process is complete, they will test their rockets to see how far they will go, then adjust to increase the distance.
- Fluttering tops – Festival-goers will discover the physics of pirouettes, learn to pirouette and create and decorate their own spinning tops.
- fresh beats – In this DIY electronics project, by building banana pianos, festival-goers will discover how to make a simple circuit and how electricity is conducted.
- Nutrition with Nick Nutrition and His Wonder Dog Fiber – Using the visual arts, health sciences and mathematics, festival-goers will discover nutrition.
This year’s Creativity Corner will feature artistic adventures for all to enjoy:
- Mini Macchia Madness – Festival-goers will create Chihuly’s famous Macchia series using bright splashes of color on coffee filters to recreate color and shape.
- wonders of watercolor – Festival goers will learn simple watercolor techniques to create one of the many designs or create their own watercolor masterpiece.
- The stopping point – “It all starts with a dot” ~ Wassily Kandinsky. Using paint, foil and other artist tools, festival-goers create their own dot monotype.
- black poetry – Festival-goers can find their inner poet with just a page from a book and a sharpie.
- Instrument petting zoo – The popular Symphony Guild Music Experience always introduces youngsters to musical instruments at Panoply.
Military salute evening
The tradition of the night of the military salute continues on Friday, April 29. All active duty military and armed forces reservists and their families are welcomed to the park for a free evening of entertainment. Military personnel will be asked to present their current military ID card at the entrances.
Panoply Beer, Wine and Food Festival
Panoply festival-goers will be able to eat in 13 food trucks. This year, the Craft Beer Tent returns with beer from area breweries and wine selections from Church Street Wine.
Festival seats and fireworks
Panoply is known for its music and performances in the park. Festival guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets as seating. Friday and Saturday evenings will end with a fireworks display.
Tickets and schedules
The Panoply Weekend Pass is available online in advance for $18 this year. Weekend passes are only available until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29. Day passes are $10 and can be purchased in advance online or at festival box offices. Tickets are on sale now at artshuntsville.org. Children 12 and under are free.
Panoply Arts Festival will be held on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2022.
2022 Hours Panoply:
- Friday, April 29 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday April 30, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Art Marketplace closes at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Get more information about the festival at www.artshuntsville.org.
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