Three Rivers Art Festival 2010 November 13th & 14th

Michael Eddy Representing the 2010 Three Rivers Arts FestivalThe Times-Picayune came into my studio and interviewed me and about my art work.

Three Rivers Art Festival rolls on in Covington

Popular 2-day show begins Saturday
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
By Margaret Schonberg
Contributing writer

It’s time to just go with the flow at the free 14th annual Three Rivers Art Festival. The juried show of arts and fine crafts will surge down Covington’s Columbia Street on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This event has grown from 49 exhibitors and 6,000 attendees when I was coordinator for our first festival in 1997 to 200 juried artists and more than 50,000 attendees over the two-day event,” said Maria Burkhardt. “It is very impressive and gratifying to see the resulting growth and expansion of our arts community, the positive economic impact and the artistic educational opportunities for St. Tammany schoolchildren.”

Medias include fiber art, glass, woodwork, ceramics/pottery, metalwork and more.

This will be the fourth year that Michael Eddy of Covington has participated in Three Rivers. Eddy brings cast and polished concrete pieces that are inlayed with glass. His abstract sculptural pieces range from 4 inches to 8 feet tall.

Eddy started using this type of media when he was taking a sculpture class at Southeastern Louisiana University. He said he was introduced to working with concrete and learned of its versatility and how it could be used to make any type of organic, free-flowing form. He has exhibited his work at Jazz Fest for the past two years, as well as participated in festivals in Florida and Alabama. He also displays his sculpture in a New Orleans gallery.

“Three Rivers has always had a nice, relaxing atmosphere,” Eddy said. “It’s definitely a model for other festivals in regard to hospitality for the artists, in how they take care of them and give them assistance throughout the weekend. My very first experience in exhibiting was at Three Rivers and I got the ‘Best in Show’ Award, so I always enjoy coming back.”

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