Owens, who moves to Nashville Nov. 15, will still be available as a "programming consultant."
"We will be looking for an executive director in the near future," he said. (The festival still has to raise enough money to hire its first paid director.)
In the meantime, festival board President Dorothy Henckel will take over day-to-day operations. Traditionally a spring event, the festival will run July 15-25 next year.