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Call for Entries: Lakefront Art Festival

August 21 & 22 Washington Park 29th Annual Lakefront Art Festival Michigan City, Indiana Sponsored by the Lubeznik Center for the Arts Saturday - 10 to 6 Sunday - 10 to 5 Deadline: January 29 The Lakefront Art Festival attracts thousands of visitors from surrounding states to a festive, high-quality event held under shady trees in a grassy park on the shore of Lake Michigan. Because the festival is sponsored by the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, it is overseen by arts professionals, committed to making every aspect of the festival a quality venue for artists and visitors. Where is Michigan City?
Visit this link. Why this should be of interest to you:
--small town art fair in the heart of vacation country --a weekend get away place for Chicagoans --$3000 in artist prizes --sponsored by an art center --an art purchase program --volunteers who understand artists' needs --very reasonable booth fee These days there is a lot of talk among artists about keeping their overhead down. One of the best ways is to exhibit at local events and the Lakefront Art Festival is in the heart of where a lot of artists live. Expect a $125 booth fee and a $25 jury fee. When we are all talking about events that seem to forget the artists this is a small show that "gets it". All of us need smaller shows to keep us going between the big ones. The Lakefront Art Festival could be one of those secret ones that everyone can appreciate. Advertising will include press coverage, ads, and billboards throughout the area and through LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information and to download an application click on this link: ******************* Find more art fairs for your 2010 season at:

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Comment by Carolyn Saxton on December 22, 2009 at 3:53pm
Our goal is to discourage artists who are not currently making new work from being in the fair. But as long as the artist is currently productive we are open to his/her application. We, of course, don't have the staff (we are volunteer operated by a not-for-profit) to police everyone's work during the Festival so an honor code is expected. We also asked to have the dimensions listed on the image. The reason for this is that our process is a "blind jury", sounds rather strange when putting it that way for an art jury, so that our jurors are not aware of the name of the individual artists whose works they are viewing. By having the dimensions on the image it enables us to be more environmentally friendly by cutting down on paper use while giving the jurors information without a separate sheet with the artist's name listed. I would be glad to answer any additional questions or concerns you might have.
Comment by Connie Mettler on December 18, 2009 at 10:26am
I have not looked at the application, R.C. And now you'll get some idea of my ethics, but what art fair do you think has the time to enforce something like this? Actually, you know, I'll query the director about this rule. Stay tuned. Thanks for raising the question.
Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on December 17, 2009 at 10:43am
Connie, do they still have the rule that everything juried with and displayed must be less than 3 years old? That rule made me pass on it last year.

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