Photography by Michael H. Cothran

Photography by Michael H. Cothran

What’s the most exciting thing about traveling for you? Whether it’s learning about the history of a new place or getting to know the residents of a particular town, travel is a great way of exploring, expanding, and re-igniting inspiration and creativity. That’s one of the reasons that Howard Alan Events loves to travel all over the U.S., bringing one-of-a-kind, original art by seasoned artists in a high-end, outdoor gallery-style setting.

This weekend is Father’s Day, which makes the prospect of traveling that much more exciting. Why not travel, then, to beautiful Louisville, Kentucky, for the 8th Annual Louisville Festival of the Arts? In addition to the arts and crafts you’ll enjoy together at the festival, you can experience live entertainment, a variety of vendors and even the chance to win a beautiful piece of art in our Featured Art Giveaway.

Art by A.L. Swartz

Art by A.L. Swartz

What’s more, you can make a long trip of it and enjoy learning about some of the most interesting facts on this historical city. For instance:

• Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky? Louisville is a perfect place for dads to visit and learn about the process of making the delectable drink.

Cedar table by Paul Troyano

Cedar table by Paul Troyano

• Some of Louisville’s most famous “children” include Abraham Lincoln, Diane Sawyer, Tom Cruise, and Muhammad Ali.

• Old Louisville is the site for the largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States.

• Disco lovers, rejoice! About 90 percent of the disco balls sold in the U.S. are made in Louisville. Really!

This Father’s Day weekend, take dad on a trip to the 8th Annual Louisville Festival of the Arts at Paddock Shops in Summit Plaza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the whole family. Get to know artists and crafters from all over the U.S. and learn more about their particular area of expertise.

Art n' Wine by Robert Rodenberger

Art n’ Wine by Robert Rodenberger

Enjoy the sights and sounds of a high-quality, outdoor-gallery style juried art show and enter to win “Art N’ Wine”, a gorgeous painting by our Featured Artist for the show, Robert Rodenberger. No purchase is necessary to enter, but you must attend the festival to win. Just stop by Robert’s booth and enter to win. It’s that simple!

You may even see some things dad would love as gifts. Not sure where to start? Photography lovers may enjoy Michael Cothran’s breathtaking nature-inspired eye. If dad is more into unusual art and illustrations, A.L. Swartz creates masterpiece illustrations on wood that will blow him away. If custom furniture is more his thing, no doubt you’ll have to swing by and see Paul and Sue Troyano of Living Furniture. And for the bourbon lover with unique tastes, Joel Lockridge has the perfect gift in his Bourbon Pens, made from real bourbon barrel wood.

Stay tuned, as always, to our Facebook for more info, and for a calendar of shows for 2015 and part of 2016, be sure to visit www.artfestival.com today!

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