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4:49 PM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Mighty sunflowers to reign over festival

Celebrating 'glad' flowers

Have fun and make glad at the second annual Sunflower Festival and Paint-In from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Gallery Beyond Words, 204 N. McCormick St., in Prescott's new McCormick Arts Quarter.

Sunflower enthusiasts can enjoy good food, live music, a sunflower garden, free art lessons and a national art exhibit.

The "Sunflowers Singing" exhibit consists of sunflower images and sculpture submitted from artists around the nation.

The event starts at 10 a.m. followed by a welcome at 10:30, Sunflower lectures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 ("on how amazing sunflowers are"), a Rock sculpture demo at noon, Dress painting at 2 and a Sunflower paper making demo at 4 p.m.

Ann Alexander, owner of the Sullivan Arts Center that houses the Gallery Beyond Words, thought up the Sunflower Festival last year to celebrate what she calls her "glad" flowers.

"It all began six years ago when I was given six three-inch high sunflower sprouts," Alexander said. "I carefully planted and mulched those fledglings and went on to other things."

The seasons turned and the next summer Alexander had more than 100 sunflower plants.

On the third year, she decided to share her burgeoning bounty by cutting the lovely golden flowers and selling them on the honor system to raise money for the community.

"Each year since, more flowers have emerged and each year more folks have donated more money to the fund," she said. "The homeless are now the beneficiaries of all the funds and the gallery takes nothing."

The festival is free.

In case of rain, the opening will be from 2 to 4 p.m.