Roots & Rhythm Announces 2020 Featured Artist

UPDATE: 2020 Roots & Rhythm “On Hold”

HONESDALE, March 11, 2020 — In its 15th year, Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the Featured Artist for 2020, painter Dane Tilghman.

Tilghman has established himself as one of the premier painters of blues musicians, African American golf art and Negro League baseball images. His work has been exhibited at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The main styles represented in his work include Impressionism, Realism, Cubism, and a style that Tilghman likes to call “Tall Tale Art.” 

“My art is a calibration of lives past for their contribution to the human experience. Although many of the people I paint are not famous or well known, deep in our souls we connect to them. They lived their lives as we live now, and they have been where we are yet to go,” said Tilghman.

From its start in 2006, Roots & Rhythm has drawn thousands to enjoy acts on the main stage, downtown bands stretching the length of Main Street, garnered award-winning sustainability efforts, showcased exceptional works of art from artists in the community all for the most affordable price possible. Free!

This festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit Stay tuned for details at our website and our Facebook page.

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Honesdale Roots & Rhythm is a non-profit event totally free of charge, put on entirely by volunteers and supported by sponsors, donors and grants. Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization.