Wendy Marciniak, executive director of the Chesterton Art Fair, hopes attendees who are on the fence when it comes to trying their hand at art are pushed after attending her organization’s long-running event.
“Some artists will demonstrate their craft in their booths, and it is very inspiring for people to watch the process of art making,” she said. “Every artist started somewhere, and if you ever wanted to take a lesson or class, its never too late. Everybody has art in them."
Running Saturday and Sunday at Chesterton’s Dogwood Park, Chesterton’s Art Fair has been a regional fixture for 59 years now.
For this year’s fair, Chesterton Art Center is hosting 85 artists from throughout the country which were selected through a juried process. The juror for this year’s fair is Randall Roberts, who is the administrative gallery coordinator at the Midwest Museum of Art in Elkhart.
Marciniak has seen the works selected for this year’s fair and is impressed with Roberts’ selections.
"We only accept the creme of the crop as far as art. Its reach is a lot further than just regional,” She said. "We have a wide variety in 2D media and 3D such as sculpture. We have clay, we have fiber, glass, jewelry, metal smithing, photography, wood and printmaking. All media is represented.”
Artists’ exhibiting at this year’s fair are coming to Chesterton from throughout the country and as far away as Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania.
The artists works will also be available for sale.
“This fair offers people the opportunity to buy an original piece of art at every price point,” Marciniak said. ‘There’s no reason why anybody would not be able to purchase original art, and they’ll be able to talk to the artist that created it.”
In addition to viewing and purchasing art, artists will also provide art camps for younger fair goers.
Approximately 4,000 people turned out for last year’s fair and Marciniak expects a similar turnout this year.
Proceeds from the Chesterton Art Fair will go to operations of Chesterton Art Center. Located in Chesterton at 114 S. 4th St., Chesterton Art Center provides a myriad of art classes and programs and camps for artists of all ages and degrees of experience.
Chesterton Art Center is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.