This weekend's Dogwood Arts Festival events include crafts, performance art, more

A lot is going on this weekend under the flowery umbrella of the Dogwood Arts Festival. Performance arts, an arts and craft show and art exhibits are all part of the weekend fare.

The 52nd annual festival continues through April with a variety of events. For this weekend, let's begin downtown on and near Market Square. April 13 through April 15 is time for the Market Square Art Fair. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 13 and April 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 15. There's entertainment, children's activities, crafts and arts and a new culinary tasting area.

Festivities are on the square, the Krutch Park extension and an area off Union Avenue near Krutch Park. Artists will show and sell clay work, fiber art, glass, jewelry, leather works, metal pieces, mixed media art, paintings, drawings, photography and wood creations. The entertainment include performances from dancers, acrobats, musicians who play tunes from rock to jazz, as well as a magician, balloon artist and juggler.

Now let's talk performance art.

Begin with video art, something new to the festival. Local artist Tarrer Pace created a light work called "Illumine" using words and graphic design and colors. It will project high up on the south exterior wall of the William F. Conley Building on Gay Street.

Pace's work is projected from two projectors set across the Krutch Park Extension and from the Holston Building. They will project above the green space's trees onto the brick wall of the former Regions Bank building. Illumine will show on several Fridays or Saturdays. This weekend, the art performed by projection 8:30-10 p.m. April 13 and April 14.

This weekend you can see and participate in some really hot art — literally. Sculptor Allen Peterson leads an April 14 iron casting demonstration and "Iron Pour" performance event at the University Of Tennessee Gardens off Neyland Drive.

Peterson, who also is an instructor at SCAD-Atlanta, will work with members of the UT Sculpture Club on the presentation. The event includes an opportunity for the public to create their own cast iron tiles followed by an iron pouring performance by Peterson called "Colony."

The iron tile casting is 2-6 p.m. April 14; cost is $10 per tile. The performance aspect begins after dusk. Peterson will pour hot iron into molds of large bees. Those bees will be held by iron rods into the air. There's no charge to watch the iron pouring and "Colony" performance.

If you're in the mood for more art, the festival includes a variety of art exhibits. Among them is "Nexus 2012" which closes April 14. The exhibit shows contemporary indoor sculpture and three-dimensional media at the UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14. And works by Andrew Saftel, whose work "Scenic Road" is the 2012 DAF limited edition print, are shown at Bennett Galleries & Co., 5308 Kingston Pike, through April 28.

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