Another Successful Outdoor Art Show!

Hard to believe OAS is actually over… It always goes by so fast!!


From all of the ESAC staff, we want to say a big THANK YOU to the artists of the 47th Annual Outdoor Art Show. ESAC and the artists acknowledge the dedicated patrons who continue to support the arts and the artists, the local businesses of Downtown Fairhope that greet festival goers and visitors with gracious hospitality, and as always, our amazing volunteers who make spectacular events like OAS possible.


We are forever appreciative of your continued support.

2019 Sponsors:

THANK YOU TO THIS YEAR’S SHOW SPONSORS! You allow us to continue our mission of keeping art and culture in this community.


  • Hargrove Foundation
  • Dawson Family Foundation
  • Prestwood Law Firm
  • Torrey V. Dekeyser, Mary Alden Van Antwerp & Nancy Van Antwerp Shaneyfelt, in honor of their mother, Mary Van Antwerp
  • Barbara Casey, in honor of Fran Faust Slade
  • Gaye Lindsey, in honor of ceramicist Edith Harwell
  • Jean Marie McDonnell, artist
  • ESAC Board of Directors
  • The Nall Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Jack and Jolane Edwards
  • Donna and Garrett Swearingen
  • City of Fairhope


In-kind Sponsors:
Tony’s Towing, Chick-fil-A, Trent Crawford, Gulf Coast Media, Flowerwood Nursery, Old Time Feed & Garden Supply

This year we offered the opportunity for individuals and businesses to sponsor the artist awards totaling $10,000. The First Place Photography Award of $500 was sponsored in honor and memory of photographer Mary Van Antwerp by her family. The judges selected C.W. Banfield as the award winner, and the Van Antwerp daughters could not wait to see who the judges had selected. They sent us the kindest note, saying their mother would have ADORED his work.


They met him at his booth and had a nice long chat with him as he explained his process and techniques, and told us that some of his work reminded them of their mother’s own nature photography. Torrey Van Antwerp said “We girls are all excited that we were able to support his work and recognize Mama this way. Please sign us up again next year!”

2019 Award Winners!

Isabel Jackson Best of Show: Luis Enrique Gutierrez (Ceramics)


Bob Mullican Award: Tina Leto (Photography)


First Place:
Painting: Jessica Ladd
Photography: C.W. Banfield
Drawing & Graphics: Steve Shepard
Sculpture: Chris Cumbie
Ceramics: Timothy Sullivan
Fine Craft/Jewelry: Roger and Renae Poer
Mixed Media: Brett Henderson


Second Place:
Painting: Edgar Reims
Drawing & Graphics: John Davis
Sculpture: Emre Tekeli
Ceramics: Dawson Morgan
Fine Craft/Jewelry: Caleb Barnaby
Mixed Media: Kerry Leasure


Reciprocal Award from the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival Foundation to an OAS artist:
Gloria McRoberts (Fine Craft/Jewelry)


** Another special THANK YOU to our judges this year, Bill Myers and Mary Hardy! **

Live Art Demos

We brought the studio outside! Attendees were able to get a glimpse of the techniques and methods employed by talented local artists and ESAC instructors. They may have even learned a secret or two…


Live demos included:


Handbuilding & Throwing with ESAC students, Larry Foshee and Karin Hutchins
Encaustics with Julie Snidle
Live & Large Acrylic Painting with Jessa Pippin
Felting & Acrylic Pours with Charlsie Jones
Portraitures by Cody Barnes
Silk scarf marbling by Dawn Strom


We even had a Meet & Greet with the Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre Cast of “Matilda” AND a live performance from Fairhope High School’s latest production “Fiddler on the Roof”!

Drawings & Door Prizes!

We gave away artwork, gift items, Art Center Memberships, tickets to the Gulf Coast Exploreum’s latest exhibit, and more! All guests had to do was sign our guest book to draw and win!


Our hot ticket item was a gorgeous piece by Jean-Marie McDonnell, that she donated to ESAC to support our mission. Late Sunday afternoon, Theresa’s ticket was drawn! Our festival volunteer Cheryl who was decked out for St. Patrick’s Day even helped deliver it for her!

What is your favorite part of OAS? Let us know in the comments below!

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