Lots of photography this year. Goldsmith Jo Jennings had her usual booth near the entry, though I noticed (due to the price of gold I'd guess) her work features more stones/ less gold than in other years. The ceramic alligator-head sculptor wasn't there, but the fantastical-painters couple were, with a wonderful ceramic bust of... a conquistador? if his helmet were to become a Spanish galleon, that is.
My favorite booth this year belonged to Stephen Dickerson, an artist working on wood panels with acrylic and colored pencil, which creates lovely complex color and a linear quality I like. I bought a small incised panel with a pair of fish - one with a large, sapient eye. (The painting below has similar fish, though none with that thoughtful eye.) There was a large panel with an egret like this but, in the distance, a house on thin marsh-y green-y stilts which I'd love to own.
image courtesy of Stephen Dickerson's website
Cottonwood Art Festival happens twice a year - try to catch it next Fall!