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  • Date 27 May 2015
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45th Park Point Art Fair returns to Duluth June 27 & 28
[Bigger than ever: MSAB grant allows for new interactive sights, sounds and textures]

DULUTH, Minn. (May 14, 2015) — Summer on the nation’s largest freshwater sandbar attracts more than seagulls and sunbathers. Each year on the last weekend in June, 10,000+ people come together to celebrate the arts and community in a spectacular setting.

The 45th annual Park Point Art Fair (PPAF) will be held rain or shine from 10am to 5pm on June 27 and 28 at the Park Point Recreation Area in Duluth. Admission and parking is free. Long considered the region’s premiere outdoor visual arts showcase, the nonprofit PPAF will offer visitors and artists more than ever before—thanks to 2015 Festival Grant Support from the Minnesota State Legacy Fund.

The main feature: juried fine art and craft by 115+ visual artists from the local area, upper Midwest and beyond. Artists display and sell work in media such as ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, woodwork and sculpture. While visual art is the showcase, there’s more art to experience as you stroll a pine-lined path tucked between Lake Superior and the Superior Bay:

New activities
• (new) Saturday visitors can witness and participate in an iron pour by Common Language art collective;
• (new) Sunday visitors can participate in printmaking with the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts.
• (new) Emerging Artists Tent featuring a display of work by up and coming artists, including students from area high schools and colleges.

Live music
• Saturday music stage performances by award-winning Grand Marais singer songwriter Michael Monroe; Twin Cities jazz guitarist Briand Morrison, whose father George famously painted Lake Superior landscapes; and Duluth rock-a-billy band, the Hankies.
• Sunday stage performances by Duluth’s Jamie Ness; mandolin player Eric Berry (of Trampled by Turtles); and bluegrass band the Clover Street Cronies.

Tried and true
• Food vendors selling everything from BBQ and gyros to kettle corn and ice cream. • Free family make-and-take art area where visitors can delve into the fun.
• Artist demos offer a closer look at forming hot glass, fiber arts, woodturning, drawing and other processes.

See parkpointartfair.org for the latest information, including attending artists, photos, videos, blogs and more.

Located at the foot of the Park Point Beach House beside playgrounds and ballfields, the event is accessible by bus and dedicated bike path, as well as the nearby airstrip and public boat launch. With artist tents lining a paved path that extends through the park, the show allows people with physical disabilities the chance to fully experience the event.

The art fair is presented by the Park Point Community Club, a nonprofit volunteer organization that supports people, parks, civic-involvement and more—to the benefit of not just the local neighborhood, but the larger Twin Ports region it belongs to. Home to a diverse mix of people, ecology and artistry, Park Point hosts an event that evolved from a neighborhood gathering 44 years ago into a premiere regional art celebration.

“Whether you want to make a fun summer splurge or a discerning art purchase, we’ve tried to curate a show with something for everyone. Really, this is a special year, building on the MSAB support we got in 2014. We’re proud to connect people with artists and art experiences. It’s why we invest in sharing unique hands-on activities, live music and the next generation of artists. Grant funding matched the significant investment that the PPCC made this year and last—and we believe visitors will feel it,” says Carla Tamburro, in her 10th year as Park Point Art Fair coordinator.

For four decades, visitors, artists and volunteers have come together in a truly unique setting on the shores of Lake Superior. Artists and patrons of the arts praise the high quality and accessibility of this show, and appreciate that it’s a grass-roots effort that reinvests so much into our local community.

“Park Point is an inspiring setting. And as a community of volunteers giving back to sustain this environment, we welcome everyone to join us in celebrating this Duluth gem,” says Dawn Buck, PPCC president.

At a glance: 45th annual PARK POINT ART FAIR
When: 10 am to 5 pm, June 27 and 28, 2015
Where: Park Point Recreation Area in Duluth, Minn. What: 115 local, regional and national artists. Food court. Free live music, iron pour, demos, family interactive art and more. Free admission and parking.
Who: Presented by the Park Point Community Club; made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Learn more: parkpointartfair.org

Carla Tamburro, PPAF Coordinator coordinator@parkpointartfair.org 218-428-1916

Jake Kapsner, PPAF Committee Chair
jakekapsner@yahoo.com 218-428-7730
[PHOTOS, video clip or interview subjects available on request.]


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