Marcia Casassa, manager of the Chesterton Art Fair, has a theory as to how Mother Nature may work in her favor this year.
“People have asked me what I’m going to do about the heat for this art fair, and my solution is we started summer back in March with those 80-degree days, so I’m figuring by August we should be I the fall,” she said. “It’s my simple logic. I hope it holds true. At least for those two days.”
Running Aug. 4 and 5 at Porter’s Hawthorne Park, this year marks the 54th running of the fair, which is presented to region art aficionados annually by the Chesterton Art Center.
Casassa said approximately 125 artists sent submissions for inclusion in the juried event. Of those, 88 artists, both locally and throughout North America, were selected to showcase and sell their works.
Along with showcasing region-based artists, the jurors included artists based as far away as Florida, Maine, Texas and Canada. While many familiar faces to the fair will once again set up shop at Hawthorne Park, this year finds 30 artists new to Chesterton Art Center’s annual celebration occupying tent space.
In addition to paintings, sculptors, photography and jewelry artists, Casassa noted this year’s lineup includes glass artists, potters and metal sculptors. Many of the artists at the festival will also host demonstrations to showcase their crafts throughout the festival’s run.
“With 30 (new artists), you get a wider variety of everything,” she said. “We’ve got a few more innovative artists in this year. You have so many of the usual (artists), but we’ve got a lot of people coming this year that are doing different things.”
The art showcased at the festival available for purchase, Casassa said, will cost as low as $3, with the higher-end original works bearing price tags up to $7,000.
“It’s well worth it,” Casassa said. “You’re getting one-of-a-kind items and these artists are fantastic”
Casassa said between 6,000 and 8,000 attendees have made their way to Hawthone Park for past fairs and she is anticipating a similar turnout this year.
“I love the Chesterton Art Fair,” she said. “It’s one of the premier art fairs in this area. They always get a wonderful variety of artists.”