7th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire
Come out to Washington Park June 25-27 for the 7th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire! Enjoy & buy art from 59 talented and diverse fine artists. Eat great food from Butcher Block, Pop’s Pizza and The Olive. Listen to great music including Blues in the District on Friday night, family-friendly entertainment all day Saturday and Sunday and jazz vocalist Monica Ramey during new late hours Saturday from 6-9pm. Take your children to the Young Collectors Gallery and FREE Art activities. See you at the Faire!
The Midsummer Arts Faire board of directors announced that the Faire will now be open until 9:00pm Saturday night giving guests more time to come out and enjoy local food, live entertainment and, of course, great art. The 7th annual Midsummer Arts Faire will be held on June 25-27, 2010 in Quincy’s Washington Park. The juried fine art exhibit and sale will feature a record 59 fine artists from around the region.
Saturday evening’s entertainment will feature a popular jazz group that will be sure to set the mood as you enjoy a stroll in the park. The band will play from 6:00-9:00pm, so gather your family, friends and lawn chairs and make plans to join us!
2010 Midsummer Arts Faire participating artists hail from the tri-state area, Kansas, Oklahoma and as far away as California. The artists represent a variety of media including glass, photography, painting, jewelry, clay, drawing, fiber, mixed media and enamels. Artists are in their booths throughout the faire to talk to public about their work. Some artists offer demonstrations. View the 2010 participating artists at www.artsfaire.org.
Complementing the fine art sale will be high-quality entertainment, the “Taste of Quincy” food court and children’s art activities.
Friday night’s entertainment is provided by the popular Blues in the District concert series and features the band, Bryan Lee & The Blues Power Band out of New Orleans. Saturday and Sunday will feature the Nauvoo Young Missionaries Brass Band, Ned Behrensmeyer (piano), Irish Rag Tag Players and Brigham Young University a cappella group “Vocal Point.” Also new this year will be a Quincy University Theatre Department and alumni production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Saturday afternoon.
The Taste of Quincy Food Court will feature Historic Quincy Business District favorites The Butcher Block, Pop’s Pizza and The Olive. Madonna House will serve lemon and strawberry shake-ups and dessert and newcomer Q-City pretzels will serve soft pretzel snacks. The Food Court will be open during all faire hours including during Friday night’s Blues concert.
The youngest members of the family can take part in FREE Children’s Art Activities Saturday from 10am until 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. They may also shop in the Young Collectors Gallery. YCG is for children ages 4-14 and no parents are allowed. Participating and local artists donate their work to the gallery and for $10 or less each child may purchase a real piece of original art. It’s a great opportunity for children to develop their own taste in art and a portion of the proceeds support art programs in local schools.
The Midsummer Arts Faire is made possible through the generosity of area businesses, organizations, and individuals, including a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. It is also funded in part by the Marion Gardner Jackson Trust through the Quincy Society of Fine Arts. For more information about the 7th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire and to view a complete list of exhibitors, entertainers, food vendors, and children’s activities, visit our website at www.artsfaire.org. SEE YOU AT THE FAIRE JUNE 25-27 IN WASHINGTON PARK!