ArtFest: Annual Artist Showcase

ArtFest 2016 v2

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.

In 2016, the 52nd 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 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in conjunction with Family Day and the Mount Union vs. Marietta football game.

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

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

Taste of Alliance
"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 including Frank’s Family Restaurant, Rose’s Hillcrest Market, College Inn, Kathy’s Korner, Vert Deli, Pucci’s Pub and Vino and Chives Grille.

Musical Entertainment
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by Mount Union and Alliance area musicians. Adam Infantino, a Mount Union student, will perform from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by Mary Pusateri from noon to 2 p.m. Rock, Salt & Nails will conclude performances from 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Children’s Art Activity
This year, ArtFest will again host a children’s activity from 10 a.m. to noon in which children can create their own masterpieces in a coloring activity celebrating the 100th anniversary of Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce. Their works will be displayed at the Children’s Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m.

Jurying of Fine Arts
Jurying of Fine Arts will occur from 10 to noon. This year’s judge is Jamie Kirkell, an artist who specializes in large floral paintings, fine art hand painted silk scarves and printed fine silk scarves. A former United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Kirkell apprenticed under Indonesia Batik Master Bambang Oetoro, an experience that has proven to be the major influence in his life and work. Upon returning to The United States, he opened a silk painting studio in New York City, and is now currently located in Sarasota, Florida. Kirkell's work is displayed in galleries around the world.  

For more information, contact Bob Buganski at (330) 829-6185 or, Margo Miller at (330) 823-2086 or, or the Office of Marketing at 
(330) 823-6063 or

View the full calendar of Visual and Performing Arts events to see what exhibits, recitals, concerts and performances are scheduled for the year.

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