The Waterfront Art Festival will once again be taking over Ludington Park near the Karas Bandshell this Saturday, August 1. More than 50 artists will have booths to display and sell their works, from handmade jewelry, to high quality photographs, one-of-a-kind paintings, and everything in between.
Presented annually by the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center and sponsored this year by the Riverside Auto Group and First Bank, the Waterfront is the longest running and largest art festival in Delta County, with artists participating from across the U.P. and northeast Wisconsin.
Some artists, like Scott Maki of Dangling Fury, have been exhibiting their work for years while others are new to the scene. Jacob Viau, for instance, will mark his first year with a full artist booth, having “graduated” from participating in the Delta-Schoolcraft ISD youth tent last year.
The Waterfront is a great family event in more ways than one. Bill Oman, whose painting “After the Storm” was an award-winner at the Bonifas’ most recent Membership Show, will set up his booth adjacent to that of his daughter, Kate Oman. Kate has been an instructor for the Bonifas and is a long time member of Players de Noc, who will have their own booth nearby.
Included in the festival again will be the Young Artists’ Market, where enterprising students age 18 and below set up shop to sell their own handmade works. There will also be a special youth activities tent, a cornucopia of culinary options, plenty of raffle opportunities, and hourly entertainment.
This year’s line-up of entertainers includes The Remnants barbershop quartet at 10:00 followed by the Escanaba City Band at 10:45 a.m. From noon to 12:30 p.m. the Goddess Belly Dancers will perform, and at 12:45 p.m. Theresa Klein and Augie Peters take the stage. The Goddess Belly Dancers return at 2 p.m. and it all gets wrapped up with Bill Lawrence and Friends at 2:45 p.m.