For a decade, the Arts Alive festival has highlighted our area’s arts and crafts scene with downtown celebration. What began as a spring and autumn occurrence eventually focused on the springtime only. Now the event is going back to its roots in a way.

During the opening weekend of the Greater Gulf State Fair, Arts Alive will occupy exhibition space at west Mobile’s biggest autumnal happening. They are highlighting a schedule of art experiences including an arts and craft bazaar, kids’ interactive experiences, musical performances and community art projects. Part of that is a 250-ton sand sculpture created by Team Sandtastic.

Participating entities are blacksmith metal artist Jerry Gardner and student volunteers from the T.L. Faulkner Welding Vocational Program in Prichard; Lunatix and Co.; Sasha Shirazi of Portal Gallery; Yevette Ward of Artology; the Azalea City School of Art and the Azalea City Quilters Guild, who will invite attendees to help craft “Quilts of Valor” as gifts for service members and veterans.

Their hours will be Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For more info, contact David Calametti at 251-623-1751 or

Arts Alive at the Grounds
Where: Greater Gulf State Fair (1035 Cody Road N.)
When: Oct. 24-26