Artists get ready for the Waterfront Art Festival

July 30, 2015  |  by Bonifas Arts Center


Listen to the interview with Lisa Kangas, Sara Beck and Brook McGinnis.

Lisa Kangas has been painting since the 8th grade but the Waterfront Art Festival in Escanaba this weekend will be the first time that she will attempt to sell her acrylic paintings.

"I do animals and I love to paint other people's photos, if they let me," she said. "I painted the boats behind Hereford & Hops. I painted Gust Asps. Otherwise, I love a lot of animals, a lot of birds and bird cages, stuff like that. A lot of everything."

Kangas says she a little nervous about attempting to sell her artwork but Sara Beck advises her to just have fun. Beck has been showing her jewelry at the Waterfront Art Festival for 10 years.

"I love the social part of it," said Beck. "You meet a lot of people from around the U.P., see a lot of old friends visiting and touring the area. It's just a fun day."

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More than 60 artists will be set up at the Waterfront Art Festival. Brook McGinnis, event coordinator at the Bonifas Art Center, said they include artists from the area as well as other parts of the country.

"We have some from Wisconsin, of course, but we also have one coming from as far away as Colorado and another coming the east coast as well. A lot of old favorites but we have some new faces too,"McGinnis said.

Along with the art booths, there will be several food vendors and entertainment at the Karas Bandshell.

"We start the morning off with the Remnants Barbershop Chorus, a great way to start the day. And, then we move into the Escanaba City Band. The Goddess Belly Dancers will be there with us, Theresa Klein and Augie Peters and then we end the day with Bill Lawrence and Friends. He's basically talked a lot of his family and friends into joining him so it's going to be kind of a cabaret style closure," said McGinnis.

The Waterfront Art Festival will be in Ludington Park in Escanaba on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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