Lakeville art fest Sept. 15-16
Festival marks 10th anniversary
Visitors to the annual Lakeville Art Festival get more than an art-gallery experience, says festival director Shelly Carney. The goal is total immersion in art.
The festival, which this year runs Sept. 15-16 on the grounds of the arts center in downtown Lakeville, features a juried art show, art demonstrations and instruction, a community art project and children’s activities throughout the weekend.
“You can have a true artistic experience,” Carney said. “We’ve got eight or nine demos, the Literary Art tent and lots of hands-on activities. It’s definitely an event you can spend a lot of time at.”
This year’s theme is “TENacious Art,” a nod to the festival’s 10-year anniversary.
For the more than 50 artists who have signed up to exhibit their work, the festival is a way to share their art with fellow artists and visitors, and also to win awards. The two-day juried show chooses first-, second- and third-place Best in Show winners, as well as a Best in Show award for emerging artists.
All the art – including jewelry, sculpture, photography, painting and other media – is for sale, and prices range from a few dollars to several thousand.
Visitors who feel inspired to create their own art can participate in the community art project. This year, guests will paint small canvas squares which will be assembled into a massive wall hanging and displayed in the lobby of the Lakeville Area Arts Center this coming year.
A special “Now and Then” exhibit will offer a where-are-they-now look at past Best in Show winners from the festival’s Emerging Artist program, which each year offers three to six young artists a chance to publicly debut their work.
The weekend will also include plenty of food and entertainment. Saturday musical entertainment includes performances by Greg Herriges, Julie Johnson & the No-Accounts, and Phil Halstead, as well as guitar students from Halstead’s music school.
On Sunday, performances include the City of Lakes Chorus, Sasha Mercedes, Paul Christian, the Vecchione/Erdahl Duo and others.
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. The Lakeville Area Arts Center is at the corner of Holyoke Avenue and 210th Street.
More information about the festival is at www.lakevilleartfestival.org.