Summer Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday
A summer tradition returns Saturday, June 23, when the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Music Department hosts the 22nd annual Summer Arts and Crafts Festival. Held outdoors on the east side of the main academic complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival features dozens of artisans and crafters offering one-of-a kind art and gift-quality crafts. Food and refreshments are available throughout the day.
"We're really excited about this year's festival because of the variety of artwork and craft items being offered," said festival organizer Jennie Filippone. "Plus, we will feature live entertainment by UW-Parkside student and faculty musicians."
Filippone said some noteworthy artisans and craftspeople include:
-- "Knotageek" and Perennial Soaps of Racine featuring crocheted accessories, market bags, and scarves made from eco-friendly organic cottons and acrylic yarn blends. Owner Erin Manders also offers vegan, cold processed artisan soaps.
-- Customized floral designs and photography are presented by Twee Westrick from Grand Rapids, Michigan. While "Flowers to Carrie On" by Milwaukee's Carrie Lenz returns once again to the Summer Arts & Crafts Festival. Filippone noted Lenz has participated in the festival for more than 20 years.
-- Artisan Jackie Porcaro of Jackie's Thimble, a familiar face at UW-Parkside's December arts and crafts events, displays her fabric dolls, teddy bears, and crocheted items.
-- New faces this year include Kelly Sindt and Penny Robbins of Funky Egg Art from Waukegan. They offer colorful, one-of-a-kind frames, mirrors, painted clothing, belt buckles, and Mexican folk art-inspired home décor.
Throughout the day, Summer Arts and Crafts Festival patrons can enjoy the music of "Brassworks" at various campus locations, guitarist Scott Miner from noon-2 p.m. at the Student Center, and the university Jazz Combo from 1-3:30 p.m. near Greenquist Hall. The event is held rain or shine.
Proceeds benefit the UW-Parkside Music Scholarship Fund. Admission to the festival is free; parking is also free.For more information, call 262-595-2564.