05 May Blair County Arts Festival
The 48th annual Blair County Arts Festival, presented by the Blair County Arts Foundation at Penn State Altoona, will be held Saturday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 17, from noon until 6:00 p.m. The event will feature a juried fine art exhibit, a student art exhibit, children’s activities, live entertainment, demonstrations and displays by area arts organizations, a food court and a crafts market.
“Springtime at Penn State Altoona is the perfect time and place for a celebration of the arts,” said Karen Volpe, Festival Coordinator. “Mother nature sets the stage for artists, singers, musicians, dancers, crafters, and chefs to fill the campus with the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of the Arts Festival.”
The celebration will showcase more than thirty performing artists, providing continuous live entertainment in five locations throughout the campus. The performances represent every genre of music and are free to those attending the festival.
Budding young artists will be able to create their own masterpieces, make music and have their faces painted in the Children’s Village. Non-profit community organizations will guide the children in creating the original artwork. Young people visiting the Children’s Village will also have the opportunity to try various musical instruments in the Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s instrument petting zoo inside the Imagination Music Station tent. Free balloon art will be created for children by Dennie Huber.
The Juried Art Exhibit, located in the Miscianga Family Center for Performing Arts will feature over 150 of the area’s finest artists. Festival goers are invited to browse through the three galleries of the exhibit. All artwork on display will be for sale.
The Juried Crafts Market offers unique handmade treasures including jewelry, candles, musical instruments, photography, pottery, dolls and doll clothes, watercolors, shoes, handbags, and wood items; to name a few.
Students from more than 30 area schools and educational organizations will exhibit their artwork in the Gymnasium of the Adler Athletic Complex.
The Blair County Arts Festival accomplishes two very important missions for the Blair County Arts Foundation. It offers a venue for visual and performing artists and a gathering place for community members to celebrate the arts. The festival is also the major fund raising event for downtown Altoona’s Historic Mishler Theatre, which is maintained and operated by the Arts Foundation. Although, all activities, exhibits, and performances are offered free to the public, a $4.00 per day, per car parking fee will help to ensure that the 48 year old arts festival and the 109 year old Mishler Theatre will both be here for future generations to enjoy.
For a complete schedule of festival times and locations, log on to http://blaircountyartsfestival.org. Festival guides will also be available during the festival at the Information Gazebo and the Altoona Rotary Welcome Tent during the festival.
For more information contact BCAF at 814-949-ARTS.