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CFUMC Festival of the arts open through April 29
Cumming First United Methodist Church
Art on display at Cumming First United Methodist Church includes photography, digital art, paintings, pottery, sculptures and other works.

Paintings, sculptures and more are on display and up for sale through next week at a local church.

Through April 29, the Cumming First United Methodist Church will hold its Festival of the Arts, at 770 Canton Highway. John Hutchinson – director of music, worship and arts at the church – said this year’s festival was the biggest yet.

“This is our 11th year, and we started with just a small handful of artists way back in the beginning and have grown,” Hutchinson said. “This year, we have artists from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia in the professional show. We have more schools participating than we’ve ever had.”


Hutchinson said the art on display includes photography, digital art, paintings, pottery, sculptures and other works. 

“There’s something for every taste, for sure, and something for every budget,” he said. “The least expensive piece we have is $20, and the most expensive piece we have is $20,000.”

A variety of special events have also been part of the festival. 

On Tuesday, the ‘mIfilm’ Student Film Festival will be held at the AMC Theater at the Collection starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

“This is the first year that our film festival will feature student work from four of the high schools,” Hutchinson said. “That’s the only thing we have that has a cost to it.”

Hutchinson said though most of the art is not religious-based, artists historically worked with or for the church. 

“Traditionally, the church has always been the employers of the artists, especially if you think back to the medieval period. Any artist was working building a cathedral, whether they were a sculptor, a musician, a painter, a stained glass-maker. You name it, they were all working for the church,” he said. “We kind of thought, ‘well, it might have been a long time, but it’s time to recapture some of that.”

More information on the festival is available at ArtsFestivalCFUMC.com.