Historic Walnut Street will soon be full of arts and crafts, live music, and food for the 41st annual Artsfest.
This year’s Artsfest is Saturday, May 7 through Sunday, May 8 from 10 am to 5 pm
More than 90 artists from across the country will be in attendance, selling a variety of mediums, including wood, glass, clay, jewelry, photography, painting and fiber.
This year, the Live Art Area includes 12 artists, creating art during the two-day festival. Each artist will complete two 36-inch by 36-inch panels. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite, and the top three artists win cash prizes. After the event, the works will be displayed at The Creamery Arts Center, located at 411 N. Sherman Parkway, through May.
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This year’s live artists include Adam Wolken of Wolken Studios, Ashley Laren, Christiano Bellotti of Christiano Bellotti Comics and Art, Francois Lariviere of Art by Frenchy, George Perkin of GeoPerkinsArt, Jewel Mason of Jewel Marie Artistry, Kelsey Farris of Snail Art House, Lace Finch, Mick Carico, Sam Evans, Sarah Jones and Sean Schwedinger of Peddler’s Medley Spray Paint Art, according to Hailey Magnus, Downtown Springfield Association’s communications manager.
As for live entertainment, attendees can enjoy performances from Brother Ray and the Sometimes Righteous, Shaun Munday, The Bridgetones, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Little Theater and Princesses of the 417. A performance schedule is not yet available.
Tickets are available online or in person, with two entry time slots from 10 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30-5 pm Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased online on Eventbrite.
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For those who wish to help behind the scenes, volunteers are still needed for both days. Entrance gate, artist helper and Coke stand volunteer positions are available for both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit Springfield Regional Arts Council’s SignUpGenius.
The annual festival benefits the Springfield Regional Arts Council, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for local artists and art education.
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