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52nd Annual Festival Kicks-Off with First-Ever Virtual Version

Event organizers are now gearing up for the first-ever Fallasburg Virtual Arts Festival. In July it was announced that a virtual version of the 52nd annual event would be held, instead of an in-person event, due to restraints from the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The 2-day, outdoor event, typically featuring over 100 unique fine art and fine craft booths, food booths, children’s craft area, craft demonstrations, and music performed on an outdoor stage, has been held at Fallasburg Park in Lowell since 1968. Annual attendance estimates are 25,000.

To make this virtual experience a success, organizers are asking for help from the community to engage in several activities being offered before, and in association with, the virtual event. There are ways to get involved now, in addition to the on-line features that will be available beginning at 10:00am on September 19, the original start date and time for the festival. Virtual event visitors can walk through the festival via an on-line, interactive map with links to explore artwork, music, children’s creations, craft demonstrations, and more. All of this can be found at lowellartsmi.org.

ARTIST PROFILES & LINKS: Available September 19

The talented artists that were juried into the 2020 festival will be represented on the LowellArts website. Clicking on a booth number or artist name will bring you to the artist profile page. The page will consist of 4 images and booth shot for the artist, an artist description/statement, and contact email and/or website or other links provided by the artist. If you are interested in purchasing artwork from an artist, you can connect with that artist directly by email, through the artists’ website, or through other on-line sales platforms such as Etsy. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to the artists.

LIVE MUSIC SHOW TICKETS: Available Now At lowellartsmi.org/fallasburg-music-2020

FREE LIVE MUSIC STREAM: Available September 19 and 20

Live music will be played on both September 19 and 20, available for free to on-line visitors. A limited number of tickets will be sold to visitors who wish to experience the live music in-person. 3 different concert sessions, with 4 groups presenting at each session, will perform a 1-hour set at a new, outdoor performance venue in Lowell called Camp Clear Sky (Camp Clear Sky, 12400 Grand River Dr SE, Lowell, MI 49331.)

Showtimes are Saturday, September 19, 12:00-4:00pm and 6:00-10:00pm and Sunday, September 20, 12:00pm-4:00pm. Tickets are $20 for each in-person session. Advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets can be purchased at LowellArts, with a credit card over the phone (616-897-8545), or use the links on the LowellArts website to purchase tickets on-line. All 3 live music shows will be available to watch via live video stream. Links will be available free of charge on the LowellArts website, or you can locate the live-stream directly on the LowellArts Facebook page.

RAFFLE TICKETS FOR FALLASBURG QUILT: Available Now At lowellartsmi.org/quilt-raffle-tickets

Enter to win this year’s quilt by Dawn Ysseldyke created exclusively for the 2020 festival. The quilt can be viewed in-person at LowellArts during gallery hours. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 12-5pm. Location: LowellArts, 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331. Raffle tickets for the quilt are available now until 4:00pm on Sunday the 20th. On September 20 at 5:00pm, a live-streamed “pulling of the winning ticket” ceremony will be held to announce the winner of the quilt. The winner will be notified. The proceeds from the raffle benefit the programs and services of LowellArts. Tickets can be purchased at LowellArts, with a credit card over the phone (616-897-8545), or use the links on the LowellArts website to purchase tickets on-line.

PUMPKIN DECORATING: Available Now At lowellartsmi.org/pumpkin-decorating

Stop by and get a free pumpkin to decorate. Children (of any age) are invited to create a “character” pumpkin and have a photo of their creation on the website as part of the virtual event. Pumpkins are available at LowellArts during gallery hours. (Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 12-5pm. Location: LowellArts, 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331). To submit a pumpkin for the website, go to the Pumpkin Decorating page at lowellartsmi.org. Click the button to link to an on-line Google form. Fill in name, age, and city. Upload a photo of your pumpkin. Optional info to include: name of character pumpkin, a description of any special talents of the pumpkin, or a story about the pumpkin.

FOOD BOOTH PROFILES & LINKS: Available September 19

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the organizations that provide amazing food for the festival each year. Each food booth will be represented on the interactive map, with highlights about what each non-profit organization is and how the proceeds of festival food sales impact the community.

ARTIST DEMONSTRATOR PROFILES & LINKS: Available September 19

A tradition for the festival has been to feature artisans demonstrating timeless craft techniques, located in the pavilion at Fallasburg Park. The many dedicated artisans that demonstrate at the festival will be represented on the website as part of the on-line festival experience, including a video of one of the artists demonstrating the craft of paper-making. Other fine crafts typically highlighted at the festival include: Calligraphy, Fly Tying, Gourd Art, Mosaic, Origami, Quilting, Jewelry Making, Wood Carving, Weaving, Spinning, and other Fiber Arts.

FALLASBURG APPAREL: Available Now At lowellartsmi.org/fallasburg-2020-apparel

The exclusive Fallasburg Virtual Arts Festival Surviving 2020 Creatively apparel is now available! Apparel comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Options include: Women’s T-Shirts, Women’s V-Neck T-Shirts, Men’s & Women’s Hooded Long Sleeve T-Shirt, and Men’s T-Shirts. To purchase, order through the links on the LowellArts website.

SUPPORT FOR THE FALLASBURG VIRTUAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2020

The festival is a major annual fundraiser for LowellArts as well as for many other community non-profits who raise funds through food sales and donations from parking and the children’s area. In addition, the 100+ fine artisans that participate in the Festival depend on art sales as part of their regular income. Funds raised through the Fallasburg Arts Festival is used to fund arts programming at LowellArts throughout the year. We are asking festival supporters to consider purchasing music tickets, raffle tickets, or to support LowellArts this year with a donation. We are also asking visitors to the virtual event to support artists – email or use the links on the event site to connect with the artists and purchase artwork. LowellArts would like to thank this year’s Fallasburg Virtual Arts Festival 2020 Sponsors: Fifth Third Bank & Meijer.