Paradise City Arts Festival attracts thousands of visitors

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) — Thousands of people made their way to the three county fairgrounds in Northampton this weekend for the Paradise City Arts Festival. 22News found out what keeps visitors coming back year after year.

Twice a year, Paradise City Arts Festival displays a variety of artwork that has folks like Pete Kakos and his wife coming back year after year. “The sculptures, the ceramics, the textiles, and the quilting, you name it, wood working, and iron work and so on,” Kakos said.

Over its three day run, organizers of the festival estimate about 13,000 people come from across the country to get a first hand look at the pieces, and to talk to the artists who made them.

More than 260 artists put their work on display at the festival. Sculptor Matt Johnson told 22News art shows like this give both buyer and artist a more intimate buying experience.

“You know you’re talking about the nuts and bolts and the nitty gitty of making things and how you bend it and how you manipulate your material because as an artist you’re very enthusiastic about that to begin with,” Johnson said.

Organizers told 22News craft shows like the Paradise City Arts Festival allow them to give back to the community. In years past, they’ve raised more than 350,000 dollars for non-profit organizations in the area.

The festival’s next showing will be in October over Columbus Day weekend. Click here for a link to the details of those dates and ticket prices.

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