Welcome to Cherrywood Art Fair, the longest-running not for profit art fair in East Austin!
Proceeds benefit the Little Artist BIG ARTIST arts mentoring program that pairs East Austin elementary school students with professional artists. Cherrywood Art Fair and Little Artist BIG ARTIST programs are produced by Chula League.
Cherrywood Art Fair has its roots in a group of passionate art lovers who wanted to give Central Texas Artists a venue for sharing their original art with appreciative customers during the holiday season. At its conception, a small group of artists and musicians attracted a crowd, and a twelve-year tradition was born.
Held at Asbury Methodist Church, the first Cherrywood Art Fair had a mere 10 artists paying $20 a piece for a one-day booth, 3 musicians, a bake sale, and modest neighborhood business sponsorships attracting 150 neighbors in attendance.
Based on initial success, the organizers decided to make the Fair an annual event. This second art fair was the inception of certain principles that are still the foundation of the Fair today: First, all original art, no manufactured goods, no junk, no kidding. Second, the Fair would be a free, family-friendly atmosphere where artists are treated like friends. Third, the venue moved to Maplewood Elementary School and a
Our third year brought many more applicants than available booth spaces, and Cherrywood Art Fair became a juried show. A new principle of achieving balance between media types was added to the Fair’s foundation. As the Fair grew another 30%, the need for more volunteer labor, and a better production structure became apparent. Sponsorships and auction donations totaled $1,000, and the auction brought in $1,300. Liz Potter produced another eye-catching poster.
This year an audience survey was introduced to help us
We want to thank all of the veteran staff team members (past and present) responsible for producing the Cherrywood Art Fair. Without you, none of this would have been possible:
The Cherrywood Art Fair returned to a smaller number of artists this year but was still packed with a fantastic selection of locally produced art & crafts. However, the Fair continued to grow in 2013 due to a smart fair layout that provided plenty of space for guests, a Parking Shuttle, expanded musical performances that included Money Chicha and some of Austin’s hottest ‘Teen’ bands, and an amazing performance by Flamencura Music & Dance. Event Chair Rick ‘Daddy’ McNulty of Koop & KUT fame was instrumental in spreading the word about the Fair by facillitating PSA development, radio interviews & serving as Emcee of the Music Stage. The event was produced to perfection once again by Craftbox Agency and our hardworking staff and volunteers. It was a cold year but our artists and staff broke out the hats & gloves and stayed warm with lots of hot coffee provided by Cherrywood Coffee House & Thunderbird. Hot soup and scrumptious snacks provided by some of Austin’s best food vendors kept our guests and shoppers warm while indoor art activities kept the kiddos happy while parents shopped for holiday gifts. Finally, we expanded community & guest awareness of the Little Artist BIG ARTIST Program by prominently featuring & promoting silent auction artwork produced by the children in the program.