Vendors Needed for 51st Annual ArtFest

July 28, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Vendor registration is now open for the 51st annual ArtFest sponsored by the University of Mount Union and the Alliance Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 at the event’s historic location by the Campus Lakes.

Last year’s event, which hosted more than 50 vendors and 3,000 visitors, proved to be one of the most successful of the past 50 years. Scheduled in conjunction with Family Day and the Mount Union versus Muskingum football game, ArtFest 2015 is primed to reach record attendance once again.

The ArtFest committee is looking for fine art in the traditional and modern media (i.e. watercolor/acrylic (under glass), oil/acrylic (without glass), collage, graphics, drawing, pastels, sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, etc.) and functional craft that has a specific utility yet it is creative either in its purpose or aesthetic appearance (i.e. jewelry, fiber, woodworking, glass, enameling, mirrors, purses/bags, soaps, candles, lights, tables, purses, mirrors, etc.). The event will feature artwork that is both on display and for sale.

Booth fees for ArtFest will start at an early bird rate of $30 through July 31 with a regular adult rate of $40 from August 1 through September 18. Booth fees will be waived for junior vendors (12-18) or collegiate (enrolled in college). Event registration the day of the event is $50 per space.

Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the top artists in each category (fine art and functional craft), as well as a Best of Show. In addition, there will be awards presented in the junior and collegiate categories along with a People’s Choice award. Awards are given for original works only and at the discretion of the judges.

This year’s judge is Daniel T. Chrzanowski, an artist, painter, printmaker, wood worker and luthier of classical guitars. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Fine Arts and worked at American Greetings for more than 37 years as an illustrator, artist and manager of the Media and Techniques Studio. He has exhibited in numerous juried art shows and galleries and will be featured in an exhibit in Mount Union’s Otto Art Gallery in March of 2016.

In addition to ArtFest, various events will be held throughout the day including live demonstrations of artists at work and a children’s coloring contest hosted by The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce. Along with these events, Taste of Alliance will feature Alliance area restaurants and caterers selling food and beverages for visitors and community members to enjoy as they browse. The event will provide local musical entertainment from Alliance and Mount Union.

For more information about ArtFest, contact Bob Buganski at (330) 829-6185 or bugansr@mountunion.edu or visit mountunion.edu/artfest. Register online at http://www.mountunion.edu/artfest-registration.

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