What’s New At The Art Fair
Indy’s summer festival season starts with the Broad Ripple Art Fair. The fair is a gathering of more than 22,000 visitors, 225 artists, select food vendors and live entertainment on four stages on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center. The 42nd annual Art Fair will take place on May 19th and 20th. All proceeds benefit Art Center programs. The Art Fair is the largest exhibition and fundraiser organized by the Indianapolis Art Center. This year they are making some changes to the structure of the event in an attempt to give visitors a fuller experience and a deeper appreciation for art.
In past years fair-goers have had the opportunity to make a ceramic vase for $5. This year they will also be able to experiment with sculpture and printmaking in studio classrooms. Participation will be on a first-come first-served basis. Times and prices for the various classes may vary.
Another new feature this year is the Emerging Artists Area, where local artists new to the art scene can experience being part of an art fair for the first time. This area offers a different variety of art pieces and prices than the booths. The artists occupying the booths are chosen by a panel of jurors, who select 225 artists from among more than 800 who apply every year.
There will also be a kids’ camp, giving children a chance to create art. Parents interested in registering their children for these classes may do so while purchasing tickets online. Kids’ Camp will only be on Saturday, and space is limited to 12 children per class. However, there will be many art-making activities for kids in the outdoor area of the fair.
The Art Center will reward advance ticket purchases this year with steep discounts. Tickets go on sale on March 25th for $5, which is lower than the usual advance price of $12. The price will rise $1 per week until the start of the fair in May. Advance tickets are available at the Art Center, at select Fifth Third Bank locations and online at www.IndplsArtCenter.org/BRAF.
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