Time: 10 AM to 5 PM
Stanley Johnston Park
South Haven, MI 49090
Spend an afternoon at this two-day juried festival featuring the work of more than 120 talented artists. The fair offers a unique blend of fine and functional artwork in acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, drawing, sculpture, photography, metal, glass, wood, clay and wearable art.
The 61st Annual South Haven Art Fair will be held one block from Lake Michigan in Stanley Johnston Park, 202 Dyckman Ave., Saturday and Sunday, June 29 & 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The two-day juried event draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. This year’s fair features jewelry, drawing, painting, clay, digital art, glass, fiber photography, sculpture and mixed media. The South Haven Center for the Arts will award a $500 prize for Best in Show. The second place winner is awarded $250 and third place receives $100.
New to the art fair this year will be a family art tent featuring arts and crafts for kids of all ages. Guests can also enjoy a variety of food, including wood-fired pizza, BBQ, Italian ice, coffee drinks, smoothies, kettle corn, waffles on a stick and more. The Casco Band will play traditional Independence Day music on Saturday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m.
This year’s judges are sculptor Geoffrey Novelli; watercolorist, mixed-media painter and muralist Anne Farley-Gaines; and painter David Baker. Novelli is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and composes works in marble, limestone, cast iron, sandstone, copper, glass and rubber. Gaines grew up in South Haven and now lives and works in Chicago. She creates multi-media paintings, and large-scale murals consisting of paint, mosaic and ceramic that adorn many public spaces across the U.S. Baker is a painter and educator who taught art at Southwestern Michigan College for 36 years and is currently on the faculty at both the Ox-bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Mich. and the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Mich.
Running concurrently is Marian Anderson & Dorris Akers: What’s Next?–– an exhibition at the South Haven Center for the Arts showcasing the artwork of two extraordinary artists that have been creating and exhibiting art in South Haven since 1977.
An outdoor exhibition called Inside/Outwill also be on view in public spaces throughout South Haven. Inside|Out features 14 high-quality reproductions of 19th and 20th c. paintings from the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts that are in walking and biking distance of downtown South Haven. Maps will be available at the SHCA Welcome Booth during the fair, the art center, 600 Phoenix St., and the South Haven Visitors Bureau, 546 Phoenix St.
The South Haven Trolley, sponsored by the South Haven Visitor’s Bureau, will be available throughout the weekend. The trolley runs on the half hour and loops from the South Haven High School parking lot to the Dyckman Street bridge with stops in between, Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit southhaven.org/loop to view the trolley route.
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau