More than 100 Artists Slated for 41st Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

September 14, 2016

Murrells Inlet, SC (Sept. 14, 2016) - Masters of canvas, wood, glass and other media will showcase and sell their unique creations at the 41st Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25, at Huntington Beach State Park.

Hosted in the historic home, Atalaya, the festival will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The historic home was built in the 1930s by New York industrialist and philanthropist Archer Huntington for his sculptor wife, Anna Hyatt, as a winter home and studio.

The festival will showcase more than 100 artists, selected by a panel of art professionals, who craft wearable fabric, jewelry, metal, pottery, acrylic paintings and other fine art. The artists (see attached list) are from Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

In addition to showcasing artists and their distinctive talents, the festival spotlights Huntington Beach State Park’s natural beauty and wonderful amenities that visitors can enjoy year-round.

The 2,500-acre park off U.S. 17 in Murrells Inlet offers one of the most pristine beaches on the Grand Strand. The park’s freshwater lagoon, salt marsh and maritime forest are also outstanding examples of the state’s natural coastal environment, and the park is widely regarded as one of the best birding sites along the East Coast.

Festival attendees will also be treated to live music, performed by accomplished local musicians on a stage in the Atalaya courtyard, and have access to a variety of family-friendly fare so they can truly make an enjoyable day of it at Atalaya.

The daily festival admission fee is $8 for adults, with multi-day passes available for $10, and free for attendees who are 15 years old or younger. Free festival admission is also available for Park Passport Plus holders and three guests. Admission to the park during the festival is free for everyone. Tickets are currently available for purchase online at

Festival organizers kindly request attendees to refrain from bringing dogs or other pets to the festival. Please also note that stroller and wheelchair access can be difficult due to uneven surfaces, stairs, crowds and narrow hallways.

For additional information, please contact Dawn Dawson-House at 803.734.1779 or Park Manager Brenda Magers at 843.237.4440 or You can also visit the festival’s website:

Need more information?   Sam Queen
Director of Corporate Communications
SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
| 803-734-1779
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