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21st Annual Texas Mesquite Arts Festival Coming to Frederickburg
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 • Posted July 26, 2013

Visitors will be treated to collections of sculpted wood from the world’s finest mesquite craftsmen. Items range from beds, dressers and chairs, to gift items such as turned lamps, scroll work, pen and pencil sets, Christmas ornaments, and vases, all carefully crafted of mesquite.

Fredericksburg, Texas (July 15, 2013) - The 2013 Texas Mesquite Arts Festival returns to Fredericksburg, Texas on October 11, 12 and 13, 2013. Juried artists from Texas and beyond will gather in Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz for a three-day celebration of the exquisite and attractive mesquite.

The festival, like mesquite wood itself, has come a long way since the first event in 1992. Fourteen mesquite woodworkers gathered then for a seminar. According to Al Carr, festival chairman, they weren’t the only ones showing interest in mesquite. “So many local people dropped in to see what we were doing and to try to buy our work, we realized Fredericksburg was the best place on earth to have a Texas Mesquite Arts Festival,” Carr said.

Visitors will be treated to collections of sculpted wood from the world’s finest mesquite craftsmen. Items range from beds, dressers and chairs, to gift items such as turned lamps, scroll work, pen and pencil sets, Christmas ornaments, and vases, all carefully crafted of mesquite.

Once viewed as a nuisance, mesquite has become the darling of architects and retailers. Mesquite’s growing appeal comes in part from the high profile offered by this festival, according to Carr.

“Architects now vie to install mesquite accents in upscale homes,” Carr said. Mantles, doors, flooring, art items, dining sets, tables, and other furniture are increasingly requested in mesquite.

The Texas Mesquite Arts Festival is free to the public. Hours are Friday noon to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Web: www.texasmesquiteartfestivals.com

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