The annual Waterfront Art Festival will feature a kaleidoscopic array of art for sale at more than 50 booths—alongside a variety of music, food, and more—Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ludington Park near the Karas Memorial Bandshell.
The festival, presented by the Bonifas Arts Center, will showcase the work of new artists and returning favorites from across the Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin.
When Christina Diment, Bonifas special events coordinator, first attended the festival, she was “blown away” by the variety of items for sale, including metalworking, soap products, jewelry, photography, paintings, and much more.
The festival features “good, original, affordable artwork,” said Pasqua Warstler, Bonifas artistic director.
Attendees also can take in a range of live music, including the Remnants and Augie & Theresa; sample food, including pasties from First United Methodist Church, We Be Poppin’ kettle corn, and Norm’s Famous French Fries; and perhaps win art by buying raffle tickets, said Diment.
Sandy Wilson, president of the East Ludington Gallery co-op, said she looks forward to the festival every year and would “encourage anybody, young and old, to go” since it offers “something for everybody.”
The festival, which has drawn more than 3,000 attendees in past years, is “inviting to all age groups,” so it’s a perfect opportunity for “family fun,” said Warstler.
Waterfront attracts so many—locals and visitors—that it becomes a time to connect with friends and socialize, said Wilson.
Artists can benefit from having a booth at the festival, said Wilson, while also enjoying the experience. “It gets your name out there and could lead to many sales in the future,” she said. Artists selected as “Best of Show” and “Best of Category” also will be honored.
Artists can download an application or find out more information by calling 906-786-3833.