Broughton group to show art

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

MANSFIELD -- If you're looking for an art show without pretension, the Broughton Artists' Group Fall Invitational beginning Friday is right up your alley.

"My only requirement is that it be laid back and easygoing and stays fun," said Elizabeth Collins, a potter in Morgan County who started the group that for the past four years has been merging art, food and music to create a unique art show experience.

This year, 25 artists from Newton and surrounding counties will showcase a variety of works, including paintings, fiber art, pottery, jewelry, folk art, handmade soaps, glass, furniture, yard art and more.

The opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bear Creek Farm, located at 1940 Macedonia Road in Mansfield. The show will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free. Wine and hors d'oeuvres are included and Friday's reception will include music by Johnny Roquemore. A metalworks artist will be doing demonstrations throughout the weekend.

"Not only do we have a nice selection of local artists with unique artwork, but it's a very laid back, fun atmosphere," Collins said. "People always come and are there for hours. It's not something you come and glance through and leave. The artists are there so they can talk about their work. It's a beautiful farm and there will be a fire going. It's a fun out-in-the-country event with really fabulous artwork that you might not expect."

Broughton Artists' Group was founded by Collins several years ago and its first show featured about six artists and was held in a cabin on her property just outside Newborn. Now the group hosts a spring and fall show that draws artists from throughout the area. A record number of artists will participate this year.

For more information or directions to the event, contact Collins at 706-342-9371 or visit www.broughtonartists.