ArtFest: Annual Artist Showcase

ArtFest, sponsored by the University of Mount Union and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, annually features original works by area artists showcasing various media including watercolor, oil, ceramics, fine crafts, photography, jewelry, and printmaking, among others. The event features artwork that is both on display and for sale.

The 54th Annual ArtFest will again be held at its historic location around the Campus Lakes of Mount Union. The event will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Mount Union vs. John Carroll football game, Mount Union's Family Day, and Carnation City Food Truck Rally.

In the past, ArtFest has hosted more than 50 vendors and 3,000 visitors.

2018 ArtFest Vendors

  • Maddie Abrigg, University of Mount Union
  • Julie Amabeli, Paris Studios 
  • Anthony Contini, Contini Art
  • Kayte Creates, Kayte Creates Studio
  • Tamara Daily, Bead My Bridle
  • Emily Edwards
  • Linda Edwards, Crafty Closet Creations 
  • Natalie Ettinger, Kent State University 
  • Kathryn Fox
  • Connie Hickman
  • Lindsay Janice, Wanderer Lindsay Photography 
  • Chip and Christine Lucas 
  • Barbara Lyons
  • Yong May, Yong May Art
  • David McDowell, Troll Hole Museum 
  • Amy Miller, Fabric Evolution 
  • Noreen Miller, Salamander Dreams
  • Ron Moore, Jr., Ron Moore, Kr. Art Studio 
  • Carolyn Parker
  • Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth, Stark State College
  • Kris Rohal, MAD Metalwerk
  • Erica Speer and Sarah Friedenberger, Dream in Color Jewelry 
  • Edie N. Springer, Calico Cabin Pottery
  • Lennon Strain, Painting Turtle 
  • Ramona Strait, Sew Simple 
  • Jennifer Worden
  • Lena Yoder, Olive Branch Kettle Corn 
  • Constance Young, University of Mount Union 

In addition to art displays and sales, ArtFest will include:

Carnation City Food Truck Rally
Vendors to be announced

Live Music 
The event will provide local musical entertainment from Alliance and Mount Union. 

Live Demonstrations
At ArtFest, there will be live demonstrations of artists at work. 

Children’s Art Activity
Children's activity to be announced. 

Jurying of Fine Arts
Jack Carlton, instructor of printmaking at Hiram College, is this year's judge. Carlton earned his B.F.A. in sculpture and M.A. in painting at Kent State University and his M.F.A. in printmaking from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University. Carlton has traveled around the world making, teaching and selling art, producing monoprints, collagraphs and scultpures. Carlton's works can be viewed in museums in New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, and various places around the United States and other countries.

For more information, view the ArtFest 2018 Brochure or email

The full calendar of Visual and Performing Arts events will be announced. full calendar of Visual and Performing Arts events  

A full listing of Ohio Festivals can be found at

Thank you.

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