Waterfront Art Festival Saturday

ESCANABA – Those looking for art and entertainment against the the backdrop of Lake Michigan’s cool waters won’t have to look far as the Waterfront Art Festival returns to Ludington Park Saturday, Aug. 2.

The annual celebration of area artists and their creations, sponsored by the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, will kick off at 10 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. near the Karas Band Shell in Ludington Park.

Artists of all ages participate in the annual event. This year more than 50 artists creating unique items like paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and textile items will set up shop for the one-day event.

Even young artists will be getting in on the fun and supporting their crafts by participating in the Young Artists’ Market. All items sold at the market tent are the creations of area artists 18 years of age or younger.

Bringing together the old and the new is something of a theme for this year’s Waterfront Art Festival.

“We’re going to have an industrial arts display of the past, present, and future of the automobile and its design,” said J.J. Spaulding, communications and programming coordinator for the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center.

With the help of the Krusin’ Klassics and Riverside Auto Group, the industrial arts display will show the changes in automobiles through the decades. The display then juxtaposes the cars that exist with computer-aided designs created by students from the Delta-Schoolcraft ISD to show how the cars of the future might look.

“We’re really excited to this year to be expanding the footprint of the Waterfront Art Festival including the industrial arts exhibit,” said Spaulding. “We’re hoping to reach a lot of different interests and still keep … it about the artists.”

Art comes in many forms at the Waterfront Arts Festival and that includes music. Visitors can expect to see live performances from area musicians throughout the event.

Visitors can also find entertainment and an educational experience in the live demonstrations by area artists that will take place during the festival.

Just like any good festival, food vendors will be on site at the park making sure that art connoisseurs don’t go hungry. Visitors to the Waterfront Arts Festival will have a wide variety of foods to choose from provided by Schwann’s, Red barn, We Be Poppin!, and the First United Methodist Church of Escanaba.

For more information about the Waterfront Arts Festival or William Bonifas Fine Arts Center activities or membership visit www.bonifas.org or call 786-3833.