51st Art & Apples Festival Returns to Rochester with VIDEO

Nearly 300 Artists from across the Country to descend upon Rochester

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) today announced that the nonprofit will host its 51st Art & Apples Festival, Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11. The largest annual fundraiser for PCCA, the signature event will be held in downtown Rochester at the Rochester Municipal Park (400 Sixth St.). 

Recognized as one of the largest juried fine art fairs, Art & Apples Festival will feature nearly 300 artists from across the nation and two countries. In addition to spectacular art, live entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors, interactive exhibits and an abundance of fresh apple treats await the more than 200,000 festivalgoers and art enthusiasts expected to be in attendance.

“Art has a profound impact on who we are as human beings,” said Tami Salisbury, executive director of Paint Creek Center for the Arts. “Our panel of jurors has painstakingly identified the very top artists from across the country and brought them together for one weekend only. From original contemporary to classical fine art, there will be creations to inspire everyone’s palate.” 

Recap of Last Year’s Event

The Art

Art & Apples will boast more diverse and spectacular artwork than ever, presenting an exciting variety of new and returning artists specializing in ceramics, textiles, leather, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, digital art, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, metal, jewelry, and glass artwork.  

The juried fine art fair has been consecutively honored by Sunshine Artist magazine, the art and craft show industry’s leading publication for exhibitors, promoters and patrons. Since 1972, Sunshine Artist has provided comprehensive reviews of everything from fine art fairs to small craft shows around the country, focusing on sales, artist treatment, overall quality and all other aspects of the featured events. It publishes its “Best of” list annually each September. According to the publication, the Art & Apples Festival produced by Paint Creek Center for the Arts currently ranks 15th in the country, placing it well ahead of many other national and regional, respected shows and fairs.

Art & Apples Festival in Rochester

Art & Apples Festival in Rochester

The Apples

After a year hiatus, the Apple Pie & Dessert Baking contest will return to the 51st year of the Art & Apples Festival. Festival patrons will have an opportunity to pay a small entry fee and submit a baked apple pie or dessert to be judged by a hungry celebratory taste-testing panel.

A variety of fresh apple treats, such as strudel, streusel and caramel apples, will be available for purchase.

This year the festival will introduce Art & Apples “On The Go.” The traveling artist exhibit will appear at local businesses to offer patrons a sneak peek of the artists’ works at venues across Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

The Meijer Kids Art Zone returns to offer a weekend of activities, creativity and exploration for children of all ages. As part of PCCA’s commitment to fostering the arts in the region, the Kids Art Zone is free for festival patrons to enjoy thanks to the generous support of Meijer. Also returning is Oakland County Parks and Recreation and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

A new high-energy line-up of stage performers, including musicians and dancers, is planned for the festival’s Main Stage.

Sponsorships are still available and information can be found at www.pccart.org or by calling 248-651-4110. 

A suggested $5 tax-deductible donation per person at each entrance to the festival provides funding for PCCA, which works year-round to promote the arts and artistic excellence through art education, exhibitions, an art market, outreach programs and more.

For more information about Paint Creek Center for the Arts or the Art & Apples Festival, visit www.pccart.org.

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