Midsummer Arts Faire Announces Honorary Chair
The Midsummer Arts Faire board of directors announced that Jennifer Mead Gervasi will be the event’s first Honorary Chairperson. The 6th annual Midsummer Arts Faire will be held on June 26-28, 2009 in Quincy’s Washington Park. The juried fine art exhibit and sale will feature 53 fine artists from around the region. These artists were accepted after the most competitive application process in the history of the event.
Gervasi is a recent resident of Quincy but she is not new to the arts. She currently serves on the Quincy Society of Fine Arts board as well as the boards of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association and the Quincy Art Center. Gervasi also volunteers for the Quincy Community Theatre and actively works as a volunteer at Quincy University where her husband, Dr. Robert Gervasi, is president.
“I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the 2009 Midsummer Arts Faire,” says Gervasi. “Being a part of the event allows me to combine my passion for the arts and admiration for my new community and the way it embraces the arts.”
2009 Midsummer Arts Faire participating artists hail from the tri-state area, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky and as far away as Arizona. The artists represent a variety of media including glass, photography, painting, wood, 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 2009 participating artists.
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, Smokin Joe Kubek out of Dallas, TX. Saturday and Sunday will feature among others The Rag Tag Irish Players (Celtic music), Nauvoo Young Missionaries (singing and dancing) and Brass Band, The Quincy Dance Theater, Ned Behrensmeyer (piano) and The Music Company (jazz trio).
The Taste of Quincy Food Court will feature Historic Quincy Business District favorites, The Butcher Block, My Koog, Pop’s Pizza and The Olive. Madonna House will serve lemon and strawberry shake-ups and dessert. 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 Hands-on Art Activities throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. 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 6th 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 26-28 IN WASHINGTON PARK!