10th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire is This Weekend in Quincy
The 10th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire will take place Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, in downtown Quincy’s Washington Park. Hours are Friday 5 - 9pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 4pm. This year’s Midsummer Arts Faire features 58 fine artists selected in a competitive jury process who display and sell their work. In addition to the art sale, the Faire features entertainment, a local food court, beer and wine tent, community partner events and free hands-on art activities for all ages.
This year’s artists represent diverse styles and techniques and a variety of medium including: clay, wood, drawing, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Of the 58 artists, 21 are new. Participating artists hail from the tri-states including Quincy and Hannibal, as well as the St. Louis area and as far away as Texas and Arkansas. Over $5,000 in awards will be presented during an invitation-only Artists Reception on Saturday night at The Quincy Art Center.
The Faire kicks off Friday night with Blues in the District from 5-9pm. The Soulard Blues Band from St. Louis will elevate the mood of patrons in a unique arts-meets-blues atmosphere only found the 4th weekend in June in Quincy.
Saturday’s line up includes Beau Becraft, acoustic rock; Logan Kammerer, guitarist and songwriter; McKay Brothers, acoustic; and Zeke Cernea & the unXpected, acoustic rock.
Sunday’s line up includes Paul Imholte, traditional string music; Irish Rag Tag Players, Celtic; and Liz Bentley, country. Entertainment is sponsored by Quincy Public Radio WQUB 90.3 FM and Sozo Productions.
The Snelling “Taste of Quincy” Food Court features 2Thirty4, The Butcher Block, Pops Pizza, Quincy Hospitality House, Old Tyme Kettle Corn, SpoonWave and Bailey’s Fudge and Coffee. It will be open all hours of the Faire including Friday night. Menus are available at www.artsfaire.org.
ART FOR EVERYONE
The Refreshment Services Pepsi Art for Everyone area features free hands-on art activities for the whole family. Activities for both children and adults (back by popular demand!) include throwing pottery on a wheel, beautiful bookmarks, sticks and stones art and sidewalk chalk art. New this year is live figure drawing and screen printing. The Photo Opp Garden is not to miss.
Also included in this area is the Young Collectors Gallery where children ages 4-14 may purchase an original piece of artwork - donated by participating and local artists - for $10 or less. Proceeds from this area support art education programs for area school children.
The Midsummer Arts Faire is proud to be partnering with a number of community-wide events taking place throughout the weekend. Partners include Granite Bank Gallery, Quincy Art Center, Washington Theater Commission, Quincy Community Theatre, Quincy Humane Society, Farmer’s Market, Historic Quincy Business District Sidewalk Sales, YP Quincy Big Dam Film Festival, Gallery Solaro, Kaufman Wood Studio, Crooked Creek Gallery, ColourCrush and Mockingbird Bakery Pop-Up and Cornerstone. For information about individual events taking place throughout the City, visit www.artsfaire.org/community-wide-events/.
A community event of this caliber could not be possible without the support and generosity of individuals and organizations. Thank you to all of our 2013 sponsors. Thank you especially to our 2013 Honorary Chairs, Jeff and Theresa Spear, who are inviting all MAF 2013 Sponsors to a special VIP Sponsors’ Tent on Friday evening of the Faire for a complimentary glass of wine or beer as a thank you for their support.
The Midsummer Arts Faire is funded in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund, Gem City Breakfast Kiwanis Club, Breakfast Optimist Club and Quincy Service League.
For more information and details about the 10th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire, visit www.artsfaire.org or call 217.779.2285.