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DULUTH HOSTS 44th PARK POINT ART FAIR ON JUNE 28 & 29, 2014
[Free annual festival celebrates the arts, community and environment]

DULUTH, Minn. -- Early summer on the nation’s largest freshwater sandbar attracts more than smelt and seagulls. For four decades, thousands of people have come together the last weekend in June for the region’s premiere outdoor visual arts showcase. This year, with grant support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the event will offer visitors and artists more than ever before.

Admission and parking is free at the 44th annual Park Point Art Fair, 10am-5pm June 28 and 29 at the Park Point Recreation Area in Duluth. It features the juried fine art and craft of 115+ premiere artists from the local area, upper Midwest and beyond. In addition to this outdoor gallery, the Art Fair presents a food court, demonstration areas, live stage with music and storytelling, interactive jug band tent, art making activities and more—all in a stunning natural setting.

Each year, an estimated 10,000+ visitors attend the weekend festival as artists display and sell work in media such as ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, woodwork and sculpture. And there’s more to explore along a pine-lined path tucked between Lake Superior and the Superior Bay, including stage acts featuring a variety of award-winning Minnesota performers:
• Saturday: guitar/flutist/singer Michael Monroe and storyteller Elizabeth Nordell;
• Sunday: Ryan Frane’s UMD jazz trio, singer-songwriter Jamie Ness (of the Boomchucks), Erik Berry (of Trampled by Turtles)

Free interactive arts experiences each day:
• Jug-band tent with de Elliot Bros. and Lee “Colorblind” Johnson, and dulcimer music by Paul Imholte
• Artist demonstrations of forming hot glass (Dan Neff), plein air painting (Dave Gilsvik), woodturning (Cooper Ternes), Duluth Fiber Arts Guild, as well as ceramics, drawing and other processes
• Make-and-take art tent (donations accepted)

Artists and patrons of the arts praise the high quality and accessibility of this show, and appreciate that it’s a grass-roots effort actively promoting the arts. Located at the foot of the recreation area’s “Beach House” and ball fields, the event is accessible by bus and bike, 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.

Home to a diverse mix of people, ecology and artistry, the Park Point event evolved from a neighborhood gathering 44 years ago into the region’s premiere outdoor visual arts showcase. 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.

“For decades, we’ve come together for the art fair—as visitors, artists and volunteers—in a truly unique setting here on the shores of Lake Superior. Park Point is an inspiring place. As a community of volunteers giving back to help sustain it, we welcome everyone to join us in celebrating a Duluth gem,” said Carla Tamburro, Park Point Art Fair coordinator.

The event is 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.

At a glance: 44th annual PARK POINT ART FAIR
When: 10 am to 5 pm, June 28 and 29, 2014
Where: Park Point Recreation Area in Duluth, Minn.
What: 115 regional and national artists. Plus free live music, demos, family interactive art, food court 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: www.parkpointartfair.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Carla Tamburro, Coordinator
coordinator@parkpointartfair.org • 218-428-1916

Jake Kapsner, Art Fair Chair, PPAF
jakekapsner@yahoo.com • 218-427-7730

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