The 56th Annual
Chesterton Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3 at
Hawthorne Park in Porter, IN. The hours of the fair are 10-5 each day and
the admission charge is $5 per person for the entire event. Parking is free.
Mary Acton will be
returning for her second year participating in the Art Fair. She creates
Pysanky eggs, or Ukranian eggs, using a method that involves wax and dyes.
The finished effect is a very detailed, colorful pattern or image on an egg
that can be enjoyed as an ornament, or a stand-alone piece of art. Acton
works with a variety of eggs, ranging from standard chicken eggs, to very
large ostrich eggs.
Acton's interest in
Pysanky began with a class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North
Carolina, and quickly grew into the current showcase of the art at art fairs
and local markets. She also teaches pysanky eggs classes at the Chesterton
Art Center at various times throughout the year. Guests will be able to find
her in tent number 37 on Art Fair weekend.
participating artists from Chesterton include Chris Acton (weaving), Jayde
Peterson (jewelry), Rita Jackson (ceramics), and MaryAnn Pals (pastels).
Porter artists include Stephanie Carnell (printmaking), Mark VanderVinne
(oils), and Carol Shepherd (jewelry). These artists, along with 90 others
from 11 states will be exhibiting artwork in a multitude of mediums -
painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, glass and
pottery, to name a few.
The Golden Fingers,
a Chesterton-based ukulele band, will perform each day at the Art Fair.
Volunteers from local churches will be in charge of the food and beverage
booths. A children's activity booth will allow kids the opportunity to
create a piece of art.
Proceeds from the
Chesterton Art Fair go to the Art Education Fund at the Chesterton Art
Center. Over 1,000 children participate in art classes each year, creating
projects and learning to appreciate and enjoy art in many forms.
The Chesterton Art
Center is at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton.
information, visit the website at