JOHNSON CITY- “Arts and Music Festival 2000″ has received an outpouring of support from area businesses, including a generous
contribution of $5000 from Dr. Enuf which contributed enough to meet most of the almost $6000 needed to finance
the event. As the celebration’s leading sponsor, Dr. Enuf has enabled what would have been a nice little festival to become a
great bug festival, according to Kimberly Schneider, chairwoman of the special events committee for the Friends of
“They have especially helped us in meeting our advertising costs for the festival,” Schneider said, referring to the
recent radio spots about the festival which were made possible through Dr. Enuf’s donation.
“We’ve had a lot of support from local businesses for this project as well as others we’ve done in the recent past,”
As a merchant who lives and works in Downtown Johnson City, Schneider said she has watched as several recent
festivals have helped to change the reputation of downtown from creepy to creative.
More than 20 regional artists, from potters and sculptures to painters and photographers, will be demonstrating and
exhibiting their works.
Some of the groups represented will include Forest Avenue Atelier, Contemporary Artists Co-Op of Johnson City and
Matyr Artists, represented by Lady Bug Gallery located downtown.
August Hampton, a Nashville artist, will have work featured in the Lady Bug Gallery.
The Southern Appalachian Artists Cooperative, formerly East Tennessee Intermedia Arts, will also be represented.
Fledgling artists, including Andrew Bell, winner of the Friends of Olde Downtown’s first grade coloring contest, will
also have their work featured.