Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A&E FYI: The 38th annual Park Point Art Fair wants YOU!

Who: You, Mr. (or Mrs.) Artist you
What: 38th annual Park Point Art Fair
Where: Park Point Recreation Area in Duluth

When: June 28 and 29, 2008
Why: Exposure and cash awards!

Artists are invited to apply for entry into the 38th annual Park Point Art Fair, which will feature 115 visual artists exhibiting and selling their work June 28 and 29, 2008, at the Park Point Recreation Area in Duluth. Applications are due (postmarked) March 1.

This is a juried art fair of original, handmade work in clay, jewelry, glass, fiber, sculpture, photography, wood, painting, leather and 2D and 3D mixed media. Not accepted: kits, patterns, buy/sell or country crafts.

Applicants submit four slides or electronic samples (JPEG photos) representing the work they will show and sell. A jury of three art professionals will judge the slides based on craftsmanship and originality. The highest scores in each category are then selected to attend the two-day event, where more than $1,000 in cash awards -- including a $300 Best of Show honor -- is bestowed upon artists.

In 2007, 115 artists were selected from a pool of local, regional and national applicants. The free event attracted an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 visitors for its fine arts and crafts, food court, live music, interactive arts for children, storytelling, juggling and more.

The Park Point Art Fair is presented by the Park Point Community Club, a volunteer citizen group that uses art fair proceeds to support local youth activities, environmental projects -- such as tree plantings and dune preservation -- and other community-minded efforts.

For an application, more information and a complete list of 2007 artists, visit www.parkpointcommunityclub.org. You can also contact coordinator Carla Tamburro at carlajake@clearwire.net or (218) 428-1916. Mailing address: Park Point Art Fair 2008, P.O. Box 16326, Duluth, MN 55816-0326.

~Information courtesy of the Park Point Community Club people – “Pi?” photo (taken near the end of the Park Point Nature Trail) by me, Matthew R. Perrine

A LITTLE BACKGROUND: Kyle Eller’s “Art Fair Thrives by Treating Artists Right” (Duluth Budgeteer News, Aug. 23, 2002)

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