Well it is that time again! Time for the 2016 Cotton District Arts Festival (CDAF) in Starkville! This is one of my favorite weekends of the year because I think that the CDAF is one of the best events in the state. I have been going to the festival since I was a college student and it has grown every year since.
Over 300 vendors and talented artists will be showcasing their work along with countless local food vendors, musicians, and demonstrations. Thousands of people will pack the Cotton District to experience the event and enjoy the day. In addition to the CDAF, it is Super Bulldog Weekend, which features multiple athletic events on campus including a top 10 matchup at Dudy Noble Field between the Diamond Dawgs and Texas A&M. You cannot miss this fantastic weekend so make plans to attend!
This will be my 7th year to have a booth in the Artisan’s Village and my 8th year to participate in the Juried Art Exhibition! In preparation of the upcoming weekend I wanted to give a brief preview of the art that will be available this year. Below are a few photographs that can be seen, but there are many more to choose from!
I was honored to have 2 pieces selected into the Juried Art Exhibition this year. This exhibition includes all types of artwork including photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, etc. This gallery is housed in the Visual Arts Center on University Drive on the East end of the festival. Please visit this gallery, but come early because the artwork typically sells fast!
“Ready for Harvest” is one of my absolute favorite photographs. I have been trying for years to get a shot of a Mississippi cotton field that I was happy with and this captured it for me. It is a 15”x30” print framed in a large custom frame that I personally designed and built for this piece. This large artwork is intended to be a strong focal point and centerpiece.
“Farmers’ Market Fresh” is the second piece accepted into the Juried Art Exhibition this year. This was a personal project designed to highlight the growing local food movement currently taking place here in Starkville. This photograph includes produce, preserves, bread, and other items found at the Starkville Community Market. The simple background allows the vibrant colors and bold shapes of the products to be at the forefront of the image. Each item was carefully selected and styled in order to strengthen the composition. It took over an hour to settle on the final arrangement and composition. This 12”x18” is also showcased in a handmade custom frame that was built specifically for this piece.
Please take time to visit the Juried Art Exhibition to see work from talented artists from around the region.
In addition to the Juried Art Exhibition, I will also have hundreds of prints available at the JMurdock Photography booth in the Artisan’s Village. My photography focuses 100% on the state of Mississippi and highlights the unique places and culture of the area. While my photographs focus heavily on the Mississippi Delta, I also have prints from other areas of the state.
For you State fans or upcoming graduates, please stop by and check out my collection of photographs from Starkville. Every year I have recent and upcoming graduates choose prints to memorialize their experience. My most popular print is “The Cotton Exchange Building,” which illustrates one of Starkville’s landmark buildings in the heart of the Cotton District and home to Bin 612. These make great graduation gifts so check them out!
I hope that you make plans to take part in this incredible weekend in Starkville. Come by the festival and then go cheer on the Bulldogs!