The Summerfest Arts Faire 26th Edition-opens Thursday and continues through Saturday on the lawn of the Historic Logan Tabernacle. Summerfst Director Marianne Sidwell says it’s going to be bigger and better than ever this year.Although a lot of other things will be going on by way of food, entertainment and chidlren’s activities the major focus is on art and more than 100 juried artists wil have their works on sale at the event.Sidwell says things actually got started yesterday with what is called the “Plein Air Paintout.” “Plein Air actually means in the open air,” said Sidwell on a recent KVNU Crosstalk show.. “So what the point of it is it gives artists an opportunity.”They have three days to go out anywhere they want to in the valley and paint something that they see out in the open air with their easels and they bring there canvases back. They’re juried and awards are given. There is a special reception which the artists can come to and the public can come to as well.”The reception is Wednesday evening and the following day all of the art will be on view and up for sale at Summefest. Sidwell invites everybody to come out to the free famiy festivity.Sidwell says this year’s featured artist is Shawn Wallis, son of noted artist Kent Wallis, who has become widely respected in his own right and is known for his painting of Summerfest itself.
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