Metaphysical merrymakers

Local artist Nathan McCray to host festival on other worldly arts

Illustration by Nathan mcCray

Illustration by Nathan mcCray

Beaumont artist Nathan McCray will host “The Enchanted Village” art festival that will feature local artists and an evening of performances by local musicians.

The festival is set for Oct. 24 at noon at 2555 Jirou St. behind McCray Furniture, near the Beaumont Art League. This is the fourth year McCray has hosted an arts festival on his grounds.

“This year, I wanted to combine the metaphysical arts, such as Tai Chi demonstrations, acro- yoga, Tarot card and Angel card readings with the visual artists, to draw in two communities and bring them together,” McCray said.

McCray said he is still seeking artists and performers to participate in the event. Vendor booths are $15. Street-style performers, including interpretive dance and fire breathing, may showcase their skills for free.

Volunteers are also needed to help prepare the property for the approaching festival. In return for lending a hand, participants can expect great company and a behind-the-scene’s view of McCray’s wonderland of repurposed materials and artworks.

In keeping with the name, “The Enchanted Village” encourages visitors to wear costumes.

“During the day, it is going to be more family-oriented, there will be all kinds of demonstrations and things going on,” McCray said. “This year’s theme is a fairy-tale village. We would like people to participate by arriving in costume or making their own costumes of their favorite fairy-tale figure or even make up their own fairy-tale figure.”

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a line-up of regional bands will perform, opening with Snorlaxx and concluding with Octopoodle.

The daytime portion of the festival is free, with a $10 cover to see the music festival.

For more details, callMcCray at 409-880-5522, or like the Facebook page at “The Enchanted Village Metaphysical and Arts Celebration.”­

By Caitlin Duerler

ISSUE staff writer