2013 Cherry Blossom Festival artwork unveiled

lfabian@macon.comFebruary 6, 2013 

Dozens of people donned part of their pink wardrobe more than a month early as the Cherry Blossom Festival unveiled the 2013 artwork Wednesday night at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Artist Sterling Everett used Macon’s Second Sunday Brunch at Washington Park for inspiration in painting this year’s fine art print entitled “Macon’s Bountiful Beauty.”

The clock tower of the Mercer law school rises from the blooming cherry trees over a clothed table for two, with a pair of wine-filled glasses at the ready and a basket of camellias as a centerpiece.

“As I was walking around noticing people with picnics and the wonderful music, I thought, ‘This is what I’d like to capture for Cherry Blossom,’ ’’ Everett said of his painting with a glimpse of the law school overlooking the park.

Everett, a Sandersville native who now makes his home in Macon, also painted the Central City Park bandstand flanked by flowering Yoshino cherry trees for this year’s plate and mug.

This is Everett’s third fine art print in the festival’s three decades.

He also created fine art in 1987 and 2000, he said.

Macon’s Mark Ballard has designed his seventh collectible pin for 2013.

“I wanted something very sophisticated and classy and modern,” said Ballard, who has been volunteering his talents since the festival began in 1983, and has done fine art, plate and T-shirt designs.

This year’s pin features a bold black background and a single bloom with a bud and Cherry Blossom Festival shortened to the initials “CBF.”

All the Cherry Blossom artwork and souvenirs will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 in the gift shop at its new location in the Library Ballroom building at 652 Mulberry St.

“Tony Widener graciously donated the use of the space,” said Colin Holder, gift shop manager.

This year’s festival runs from March 15 to the 24.

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