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August 9, 2013

Midsummer Nights’ Fair brings interactive art

NORMAN — Artists of all types are packing Lions Park this August for the Firehouse Art Center’s 36th Annual Midsummer Nights’ Fair.

The juried arts festival highlights local artists during two days of artist booths, demonstrations and interactive activities 6-11 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24 at 450 S. Flood Ave., adjacent to the Firehouse Art Center.

James Schwartz, fair chair, said the beauty of the fair is that it highlights local talent.

“If people haven’t been to Midsummer Nights’, they haven’t seen the quality of artists that are here,” he said.

Participating artists are working in a variety of mediums including photography, glass, tie-dye, jewelry, metal, pottery, painting, crafts, woodworking, acrylic, soaps, fiber and more. Artists range from student to professional, giving fair attendees the opportunity to purchase original works at a variety of price points.

A total of 29 artists from across the state and country are selling work during the fair, including 11 Norman artists Mark Andrews, Cliff Brown, Chris Burnett, Mark Doescher, Rick Fry, Dan Harris, Gloria Lamar, Darci Lenker, Juanita Williams, Cecelia Yoder and Debra Van Swearingen. Other Oklahoma artists include Susan Chambers, Connie Christopher, Louanne Duckworth, Amy Foster, Shane Glover, Vernon Hatley, Stasia Long, Donna Love, Dan Nealey, Elaine Nealey, Paul Pfrehm, Dana Spearman Reed, Jim Shelley, Thomas Stotts and Bud Webster. Artists Leanne Pyle and June Whitacre come from Texas, with Lara Holland from Colorado.

Artists will be judged in several categories including Best of Show and first, second and third place positions for both 2-D and 3-D works. Firehouse Executive Director Douglas Shaw Elder said the fair is a highly competitive show for artists, offering cash prizes totaling $900.

True to the Firehouse’s mission to provide quality arts education experiences for the public, the fair is offering attendees the chance to participate in the arts themselves.

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