Monte Sano Art Festival

706 Randolph Avenue Southeast
Huntsville, AL 35801


The Monte Sano Art Show originated in 1999 when Debra Simpson, an artist residing in the Monte Sano Community, wished to establish a show in an outdoor setting that would be similar to those found at Plum Nelly and the Kentuck Festival. With a group of friends, Debra made plans for the first show which was held on October 30, 1999 in the parking lot of the Monte Sano Assessment and Enrichment Center at 820 Monte Sano Blvd. with approximately thirty (30) artists participating. With those same friends and a few others recruited over the years, Debra and her friends have generously volunteered their time and energy to make this one of the best outdoor art shows in the area for artists and visitors alike. The current setting in Monte Sano State Park is magnificent, the art is incredible, the show is well organized.

Each year artists are invited to return and new artists are invited. A selection panel reviews all entries on the basis of three recent photos or slides representing the type of work the artist wishes to exhibit. A wide diversity of artists and media are exhibited. Commercial kits, molds, etc., may not be exhibited.

Autumn in the Tennessee Valley is always a challenge for forecasters. We have held the Monte Sano Art Show in a variety of weather conditions, from fog, to cold, and even a light drizzle. But, the weather has never dampened the spirit of our volunteers, artists, or attendees.

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