The Inspire Art & Music Festival is ready
Pooniel Leigh Healy and Marissa Perkins review last minute notes for the 9/11 Inspire Art & Music Festival at Rustic Ties in Dolgeville.
by Dave Warner
The Inspire Art & Music Festival, taking place September 11, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., is ready to kick off at Rustic Ties in Dolgeville.
Marissa Perkins said: “I was talking to Pooniel about always having to drive to Old Forge, Syracuse or Albany to go to these shows and that there wasn’t enough here for artists to present their work.
She said they both wanted more local opportunities for artists to show their work. “We are counting on these events, especially with the Covid. A lot of those opportunities have disappeared, so we wanted to create a local outlet for artists to show off their art and talent.
Perkins said they also want to bring people from other communities to show them what’s in the area. “I do a craft fair in Cooperstown and Clinton, and it seems like the whole community comes together around these people. We want to bring that sense of community here for artists.
“I’m an artist and I would really rather work on my stuff and get into the zone of my own works, but someone has to,” she said.
Perkins said she really had to get out of her comfort zone to produce this festival. “There have been many bouts of anxiety throughout this process, but it’s all gone really well, and it’s more than I could have ever dreamed of.”
Heath Williams, the owner of Rustic Ties, also stepped out of his comfort zone in that he had never held a festival on the property before. “Over the past few seasons, a lot of people have said this place would be great for a craft fair, art show, or car show. There’s plenty of space.
Williams said Healy and Perkins contacted him over the winter about the event and he initially thought he wouldn’t be doing anything but weddings. “I had told them to contact me at the end of March to see if there was an opening.”
They did, and he worked with them to schedule the 11th.
“I think it’s a great place for that, and I hope it’s a success and they can build on that for the future,” he said.
Perkins says the community is really rallying around the event and sharing it on social media. “Heath has been very supportive, and we just have an amazing group of salespeople and musicians. The bigger it gets, the more people we reach.
She said it was a lot of fun and she proved to herself that she could organize this kind of event.
Perkins said there was definitely something for everyone at the festival. “Our suppliers cover all the bases, from visual arts, painting, pottery, land demonstrations to jewelry, we have all kinds of things. The music choices span all genres, so there really is something for everyone when it comes to music.
There will also be interactive workshops where people can get creative. “We just want people to come together. Dance, smile, create, be inspired and walk away feeling that maybe the little jewelry hobby they make in the basement can become something more. Or maybe they want to learn to play the guitar.
“Anyway, we want people to be really inspired by art because it’s healing,” she said.
Perkins said they hope it will become an annual event and part of their mission is to fund a scholarship each year for a student to graduate with a future in the arts or music.
“This year we chose Dolgeville High School because we are here and want to be part of the community. It’s a way for us to give back, but a lot of arts and music programs are the first to be cut in schools, and that’s really unfortunate,” Perkins said.
“If you don’t have an artistic outlet or if the courses are not within your financial reach, you will never be able to know. You could be the next Van Gogh, but you’ll never get the chance. Hopefully we can fund some community art programs with the fundraiser as well, and we’ll just see what we can do with it.