Paint Creek Center for the Arts Announces 53rd Art & Apples Festival

53rd Art & Apples Festival Set for September 7-9

The Art & Apples Festival, the largest annual fundraiser for, and produced by, Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), returns to the Rochester Municipal Park (400 Sixth St.) in downtown Rochester September 7, 8 and 9.

Overhead photo of the park filled with white canapy tents

Art & Apples Festival returns to the Rochester Municipal Park in downtown Rochester, Sept. 7, 8 and 9, 2018

This year, PCCA is adding Blake’s Orchard cider and donuts, as well as new nationally-recognized artists to the signature event, which transforms the 30-acre park into one of the nation’s top fine art festivals.

Consistently ranked one of the top juried fine art fairs in the country, the 2018 Art & Apples Festival will feature nearly 300 artist booths featuring artists from across the nation displaying and selling their work. New and returning artists will showcase fine art in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, digital art, drawing, fabric/fiber/leather, glass, printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood.

This year the event kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Stoney Creek High School Cougar Marching Band and ends on Sunday, September 9 with the three Legend Brothers, impersonators of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Rod Stewart. Other live entertainment highlights include the award-winning Sheila Landis Jazz; the Swing Shift Orchestra; country music artist Melissa Lee; and Denise Davis & The Motor City Sensations R&B/Funk/Motown act. Much of the entertainment presented on the Bebout Municipal Park Band Shell.

Dancer hop on stage as a crowd looks on

Dance and Live Music from the Bebout Municipal Park Band Shell

Art, live entertainment, children’s activities, interesting foods, and of course apple treats such as apple cider, strudel, streusel and caramel apples, and other creations makes it a true Michigan event.

The Meijer Kids Art Zone returns to offer a weekend of activities 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 returning sponsor Meijer.

New Executive Director Elizabeth Chilton Replaces Tami Salisbury

Elizabeth Chilton, founder of the Exhibit Professionals Group and former manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Arab American National Museum, replaces Tami Salisbury who has switched to the role of director of development for PCCA.

Photo of Elizabeth Chilton

New Executive Director Elizabeth Chilton replaces Tami Salisbury at PCCA who moves to director of development

“I am thrilled to be on board to both preserve the prestige of the Arts & Apples Festival while also working to elevate it to new heights in both presenting fantastic art and creating a fun family event,” Chilton said. “Tami and I have been working together to generate even more excitement within the festival that has become a celebrated annual send-off to summer in southeast Michigan.”

“Every year, the festival attracts art enthusiasts who are hungry for high quality art from a diverse style of artists, Chilton said. “It is not easy to get an exhibit space at this festival and both the artists and our guests very much appreciate the exceptional standards we uphold. When you add in the creative children’s activities, interesting foods, our commitment to highlighting local and regional entertainment – and of course Michigan apples – you can understand why the event is so unique and popular.”

While other prices rise in Michigan, the suggested $5 tax-deductible donation per person remains the same this year at each entrance to the festival. The suggested entrance fee 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. Other non-profit organizations that benefit from the donations include St. John Rochester Youth Group, Music Shapes, Adams Highschool Boys Swim, Rochester College Theatre Department, and Onyx Theatre Troupe – Skating Team.

For more information about the Art & Apples Festival, visit Paint Creek Center for the Arts, or call 248-651-4110.

Photos Courtesy of Paint Creek Center for the Arts

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