50th Annual ArtFest Slated for September 27

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union will host the 50th annual ArtFest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 around the Campus Lakes.

Sponsored by Mount Union and the Alliance Chamber of Commerce, ArtFest will feature original works by area artists in various media including watercolor, oil, collage, graphics, drawings, fine and functional crafts, photography, jewelry, pen and ink, sculpture, glass mosaics, printmaking and mixed media works. In addition, the category of functional craft has been added this year. Functional craft includes such works as jewelry, fiber,woodworking, glass, enameling, lights, mirrors, purses/bags, candles, soaps, etc. By definition, functional art and/or craft has a specific utility yet it is creative either in its purpose or aesthetic appearance.

To date, this year’s ArtFest will feature 63 art and functional craft vendors, including Paris Studios, Artistic Designs by Laurie, Ginger Blossoms, Images In Bloom, Gypsy Jane, Personalized Works, A Touch of Elegance, Collins-Sibley Cabinetworks, Totally Tangled Creations, Sandpiper Soap Company, Pappap Creations, Perspectives, Artful Turning, Dave Derrig Pottery, Turned Treasure, Linda Edwards, ErinFrye Concept & Illustration, CR Beads, Home Based Studio, Embrace Homemade, Vintage Love by Beth, Toasty Ali, Mr. McGillicutty's, Novel Start, Thakkar Mahendra, Pandora's Creations, Marianne Roesti Mae, Gem Works, Celesta Moran, Shakespeare's Sisters, Carolyn Parker, Jewelry by Kalyn, Platz Images, Anna Rather's Studio, Minyan Studios, Chrystal Robinson, Country Herbals, Afrikan, Konnection/RhinoEastArtGallery, Robert Schuck, Sew Unique, Scofield Designs and Metalworks, Brian Snyder Photography, Eclectic Butterfly, Gibbie Studio, Kates' Photography, Cheryl's Studio/UrbanRomantic, Sew Simple, Barbara Tartir Watercolors, Michael's, Mark's Art Scene, Expresso Art, Paris Studios and Gallery, Michael Weiss, Jennifer L. Worden Arts, Punky's Shortbread, Joann Proffitt, Wild About You Artistry and Shaffer and Selwa Studios.

In addition, “A Taste of Alliance,” coordinated by the Alliance Chamber of Commerce, will take place simultaneously, featuring food and beverages for sale by area restaurants and caterers. Vendors include Frank’s Family Restaurant, The College Inn, Chive's, Stone Age Pizza, Tropical Snow and Pucci’s Culinary Cuisine.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by Mount Union and Alliance area musicians. Richie Kindler will perform from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by Ladyface Cleveland from noon to 2 p.m. and Mount Union student Angela Romeo from 2-3 p.m.

New this year to ArtFest is a children’s activity from 10 a.m. to noon in which children can create their own masterpieces. Their works will be displayed at the Children’s Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m.

This year’s judge is artist Judi Krew, a working artist based in Canton, Ohio, with a studio called “Snarky Art.” Over the years, she has displayed her work in more than 140 shows and was an active member in the community where she donated artwork, volunteered to design and lead projects and participated in events that benefitted children.

Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the top artists in each category, as well as a Best of Show.

This year's ArtFest will be held in conjunction with Mount Union's Family Day and the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Mount Union Stadium.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact the Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6092 or information@mountunion.edu.

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