Nearly 200 artists are expected to participate in the 68th annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair June 7-8. Many of the jury-selected artists travel from around the country to participate in the oldest outdoor fair in Michigan. The variety of mediums on view includes ceramics, jewelry, glass, fiber, leather, paintings, prints, sculpture, wood, and photography. Always the first weekend in June, the fair runs Friday, 3-8 pm, and Saturday, 9 am-5 pm. Artists are the headliners, but entertainment, food vendors, Saturday children’s activities, and a Friday beer garden add to the fun.
Friday will offer live music, food and drink at the ever-popular Beer Garden, outside the KIA. Featured will be Bell’s Beer and food by the Eccentric Cafe. Saturday will see music in the park, art sales from 9 am to 5 pm, and children’s activities 12-4 pm (a convenient option after the 11 am Do-Dah Parade). The fair’s title sponsor is PNC.
For those who might like to experience the fair in a new way, upwards of 200 volunteers donate their time to make this event a success. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year, we are collaborating with Loaves and Fishes to help feed the community. The cans from a spring food drive will be used to create a sculpture on the Rotary Stage during the fair by Patrick Hershberger, aka Bonus Saves (pictured at left with Greta Faworski of Loaves and Fishes, and KIA Fair Coordinator Carianne Zomonski). He will use cans of all sizes and colors to create a sculpture as fairgoers watch his art-making in action Friday & Saturday, June 7-8.