Marana Bluegrass Music and Fine Arts Festival
Bost Family Traditions will perform Saturday during the Marana Bluegrass Music and Fine Arts Festival. courtesy photo

“Life inspires me,” said artist Sherry Tolman. “I don’t take this for granted at all.”

Brushing watercolors onto canvas to create whimsical works, Tolman interprets wildlife and floral scenes from all around the country.

After traveling nationally for 30 years, Tolman and her husband have lived on the road full-time for the past 15 years. The two work as a team to showcase her paintings around the United States, cruising with their beagle and desert tortoise.

Those who browse her artwork will come face-to-face with javelina against barn wood and prickly pear background or meet eyes with a “stalker” cougar crouching on a cliff. 

“I adore animals of all types,” Tolman said.

Tolman received Best of Show in Tubac last year and at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair this year. She will showcase her works in Marana on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, as part of the Marana Bluegrass Music and Arts Festival.

Back at it for its second year, the festival features two days with talented bluegrass performers, fine art and children’s activities. It is presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Town of Marana.

The festival will showcase up to 80 artists displaying gallery-quality work in a variety of styles – including glass, photography, jewelry, painting, sculpture, wood, fiber, mixed-media, ceramic and drawing.

Food vendors also will be on site, selling everything from Greek food and smoothies to kettle corn and hot dogs.

Bluegrass performances are scheduled throughout the weekend, with almost a dozen shows a day (see schedule at right).

Greg Morton, the winner of the prestigious Tucson Area Music Awards in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, will perform at the festival. Born in Tennessee, Morton has toured across the United States with a variety of bands before moving to Tucson. He has been mentioned in many newspapers and magazines in the area and within the bluegrass community.

The Saturday band performance schedule is:

10-10:45 a.m. Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band; 10:45-11:30 a.m. Crystal Ridge; 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Crucial County; 12:15-1 p.m. Bost Family Traditions; 1-1:45 p.m. Greenwood Sidee; 1:45-2:30 p.m. Los Hombres; 2:30-3:15 p.m. Crucial County; 3:15-4 p.m. Crystal Ridge; 4-4:45 p.m. Bear Canyon Ramblers; and 4:45-5:30 p.m. Bost Family Traditions.

The Sunday band performance schedule is:

10-10:45 a.m. Jam Pak Blues “N” Grass Neighborhood Band; 10:45-11:30 a.m. Greg Morton; 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. X-Train; 12:15-1 p.m. Greenwood Sidee; 1-1:45 p.m. Titan Valley Warheads; 1:45-2:30 p.m. Los Hombres; 2:30-3:15 p.m. Bear Canyon Ramblers; 3:15-4 p.m. Greg Morton; 4-4:45 p.m. Titan Valley Warheads; and 4:45-5:30 p.m. X-Train.

If you go

What: Marana Bluegrass Music and Fine Arts Festival

When: Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Where: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

Cost: Free admission

For more information, visit www.maranafestival.org.

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