Featured Artist

Old piers, young people. My very best memories are of the years I spent raising children, right here in Fairhope, here on the beach.

-Jo Patton
2022 Art Original
2022 Festival Art
Jo Patton
Jo Patton

Jo Patton is an award-winning artist who makes her home in Fairhope, Alabama where she paints out of her home studio. Although she always created art from early childhood on, she didn’t start studying art until after her children were grown.

She received her B.F.A. from The University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, and is a signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society and Alabama Watercolor Society.

Her paintings are in numerous public and private collections including but not limited to: South Trust Bank; Thomas Hospital; City of Fairhope City Hall; Mobile Museum of Art; Southern Bell; Ramada Inn, Mobile, Alabama; Bradley, Arant, Rose & White; St. Vincent’s Hospital, and South Trust Bank, Birmingham, Alabama.

Jo Patton was selected as the featured artist for the 70th Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival because her artwork epitomizes Fairhope, as her work reflects the charm of the quaint little town by the bay.

Jo Patton’s artwork for the 70th festival was created uniquely for the 2022 Festival of this Platinum Jubilee.

Her festival artwork showcases an afternoon before a Jubilee, a natural phenomenon that occurs on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. Inspired by Fairhope’s natural beauty of the bay with the old piers, and families, Jo Patton captures moments that build memories never to be forgotten.

This year’s art focuses on a family group - “old piers, young people,” says the artist. “My very best memories are of the years I spent raising children, right here in Fairhope, here on the beach.”

Jo Patton is honored to be selected as the featured artist, but also a little surprised. She thought it would probably be someone much younger with newer artwork. But for Vicky Cook, the 2022 Festival Chair, Jo was an obvious choice: “I felt if anyone could captivate the feel of 70 years of the arts in Fairhope, Jo could do it”.