Second Annual Macon Art eXplosion Brings Groundbreaking Artists and Performers to Middle Georgia


Shemika Bussey poses with two of her most recent artworks (Photographer Nate Weeks)

The Macon Art Explosion (MAX) is back again at the Grand Opera House after the success of the inaugural MAX art festival last year. 

MAX is a family-friendly event where over 30 artists, musicians, and performers will be selling unique art, singing music, performing, and presenting moving plays.

Admission to the two-day festival is just $5 for adults and free for kids 12 years old and younger. MAX takes place from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th.

Ruby is one young talented artist who will showcase their artwork at MAX this year (Photographer Nate Weeks)

The festival will include Maker merchant booths where artists will have one-of-a-kind artwork and crafts on display.

Attendees of MAX can find artworks in many different shapes and sizes like this fanciful lion artwork by artist Arthur Ball of Above Average Art (Photographer Nate Weeks)

One of the more unique elements of MAX will be special areas called Guerrilla Grand Spaces where visitors can explore parts of the historic Grand that are usually off limits to the general public.

Attendees at MAX will be able to buy creative jewelry from several talented artists (Photographer Nate Weeks)

Guerrilla Grand Spaces will also be where guests can discover surprise mini-concerts, gallery shows, plays, and interactive performances. 

Arthur Ball will present his very colorful and dramatic art work at the booth of Above Average Art (Photographer Nate Weeks)

At least one art collective at this year's MAX creates art out of what others might just throw away. 

Kristen (Dragon) is the Founder and CEO of Steal Your Trash, an art collective and organization that makes artwork out of objects like soda can tabs or empty pill bottles. By creating artwork from what some would consider trash, Steal Your Trash makes everyday objects that are often thrown away into unique art.

Dragon (left) of Steal Your Trash models some of the creative jewelry the art collective makes out of discarded soda tabs while standing next to Steal Your Trash artist Brittney (right) (Photographer Nate Weeks)

Steal Your Trash also provides recycling, composting, and maintenance services for events like festivals and they present educational workshops to teach others about how to protect the environment by recycling and making art.

There will be many other artists, singers, musicians, and performers for attendees to discover at MAX art festival this weekend.

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Colorful and creative artwork will be on display throughout the historic Grand Opera House during this two-day event (Photographer Nate Weeks)
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