0113 BP art show top 10
A new logo was unveiled for the 50th anniversary of the Bluff Park Art Show. From left: Association President Beth Johns; State Rep. Paul DeMarco; State Tourism Director Lee Sentell; Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey; and Art Association member Anna Price.
The Bluff Park Art Show received an extraordinary anniversary gift from the State of Alabama in anticipation of its 50th year. The event has been named one of the top-10 in the state for 2013, as announced by Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell at the Hoover Municipal Complex on Jan. 4.
Sentell said the Alabama Tourism Department’s calendar of events features more than 1,900 listings for 2013, and with one call from State Rep. Paul DeMarco as the Top 10 list was being formed, the Hoover show was singled out.
“I’ve been there a number of times,” Sentell said. “The art is world class. The artists y’all pick, I know people can’t just show up with art in the trunk of their car and say, ‘I’m going to be in your show.’”
Held annually on the first Saturday in October, the show draws more than 140 artists and an average of more than 30,000 visitors. As pointed out by Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey, the event was founded in 1963 – four years before the City of Hoover was incorporated.
“The event shows the diversity we have all throughout the city, in what we offer from arts to athletics to whatever makes Hoover a wonderful place to live, raise families, own businesses and be a part of the community,” Ivey said.
The Bluff Park Art Association, led by President Beth Albright Johns, also unveiled a new logo for the 50th anniversary of the event in conjunction with Sentell’s announcement.
“The dedication our volunteers have makes the difference, and through arts we can show people the beauty that is in our community,” she said.
For more on the Bluff Park Art Show, visit bluffparkartshow.com.
To see the other events on Alabama’s top-10 list, click here.