The Cherokee County Arts Center is looking for local artists and artisans to display and sell their artwork at the 17th annual Canton Festival of the Arts on May 2.

Event organizers are currently accepting applications through mid-March for more than 50 artists and artisans to display their works.

These artists will share their art, which will be displayed in the artist’s market, the centerpiece of the Canton Festival of the Arts. Artisans and crafters will display their finest homemade jams and jellies, handcrafted soaps, lotions and accessories for children and pets. Other crafts will be available in the festival maker’s market, where artists and artisans will demonstrate their craft live on site.

“People love heading out of the city and into Canton to enjoy the spring weather and admire beautiful paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, glass, sculptures and textiles by local artists,” said Executive Director of the Cherokee Arts Center, Mary Akers.

Participation fee for interested artists is $150 for a 10 by 10 foot booth and $300 for a 10 by 20 foot booth. For those interested, visit to apply. A mailable form is also available for download.

The festival will also feature the return of the Canton chalk spot, a sidewalk art display that consists of art from people of all ages. The chalk spot will take place during the festival from 10 to 3 p.m. on both days. Each registered participant will receive one box of chalk.

Pre-registration fee to participate in the chalk spot is $10 and walk-ups are permitted as long as supplies last for $15. There is a fee to register that will be discounted if submitted on, or before April 24. Participants will receive one box of chalk.

Food will be available at the festival from vendors. A Music Café, sponsored by Elevated Events, will consist of a lineup of singer-songwriters and bands.

Admission to the festival is free. There will be free on street parking that will be available, as well as the Cherokee County Courthouse parking deck, which is located at 94 N. Main St.

The festival will take place at Brown Park, located at 251 E. Marietta St. in downtown Canton from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 2 and May 3.

For more information, contact Festival Director Carolyn Morris at 404-966-8497 or

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