Mount Union Hosts 52nd Annual Artfest

by Garrett Graber

For four years now, I’ve been attending the University of Mount Union: a small college in Alliance, OH. While Mount Union is widely known for our outstanding DIII football team, what I love most about my school is its commitment to the arts. On Saturday, September 17th, Mount Union will host its 52nd Annual Artfest around the Campus Lakes. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, participants can look forward to seeing art from Paris Studios, Brian Snyder Photography, and the Armored Gem just to name a few. From my past experience, the artwork is this event is always varied, always stunning, and always beautiful. Due to the vast array of vendors (49 this year) , there is always something that will meet everyone’s taste and preferences. ArtFest also hosts live demonstrations, and Jeff Piper, a ceramics artist, and Keith McMahon and his son Jesse, both broom makers, will show off their artistic talent and ability.

Artwork comes in a variety of forms, and ArtFest honors this.  Live music from local musicians will play throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art is the ability to create something beautiful, and what’s more beautiful than food? From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Alliance Chamber of Commerce will host “A Taste of Alliance” in conjunction with ArtFest. This will include several area restaurants and caterers where people can chow down while enjoying local art.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Jurying of Fine Arts will occur. This year, the judge is Jamie Kirkell, who’s art is currently in the Sally-Otto art gallery. He specializes in silk floral paintings, has been in the peace corps. and apprenticed under Indonesia Batik Master Bambang Oetoro. His art is breathtaking, refreshing, and, at least in my opinion, spiritual. While we all seen flowers before, the silk canvas adds a certain life and texture to his floral subjects. Seeing them in this way, on this canvas, is like you’re seeing flowers for the first time.

So please, if you have the time check out this year’s ArtFest. It is a wonderful to show your support for local artists and businesses. For more information, please contact the The University of Mount Union’s Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063 or