Sunday, May 02, 2010

Cottonwood Art Festival Spring 2010

Please also check out Fayrouz's series.


photos by Mark M. Hancock / © NewsEagles

Colorful signs and activities entertain children at the Artstop during the Cottonwood Art Festival at Cottonwood Park in Richardson on May 1, 2010.


Fayrouz Hancock returns to her shoot after capturing duck images during the Cottonwood Art Festival at Cottonwood Park.




The avian residents of the park remain relaxed during the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson. The festivals are held during the first full weekends of May and October each year.


Siena, 7, (right) licks Sophie, 4, (left) during the Cottonwood Art Festival at Cottonwood Park in Richardson. Both are Pomeranians owned by Jay and Donna Riha of Plano. The Cottonwood Art Festival is very "dog friendly" and features frequent water stops throughout the park.


Chloe, a 9-month-old designer "Schnorkipoo," (left) and Katie, a 13-year-old designer "Shipoo," (right) owned by Carlos and Patricia Flores of Plano ride through the Cottonwood Art Festival in a special stroller in Richardson.


Kinetic Sculptures by Andrew Carson of Seattle, Wash. move in the wind during the Cottonwood Art Festival at Cottonwood Park in Richardson.


The tools of artist Jean Joseph Monfort of Los Angeles await use in a box during the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson.


Haitian-born artist Jean Joseph Monfort of Los Angeles paints during the Cottonwood Art Festival at Cottonwood Park in Richardson.

The Cottonwood Art Festival is special to Fayrouz and I for a number of reasons. Both of us enjoy being surrounded by art and artists. I also won First Place for Best Feature Photo Story or Series at the Suburban Newspapers of America in 2001 for this series.

Most importantly, it's next to the Justice of the Peace's office where we were first married. So, our first wedding photos were at this park. :-)



Fayrouz Hancock (right) photographs artist Jean Joseph Monfort (left) at the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson.

Because I've shot this event many times for publication and didn't have a client for these shots, mine are somewhat random (I went to spend time with Fay and the food). However, check out Fayrouz's series because she worked it hard.

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