59th Annual KIA Art Fair - June 4-5, 2010

Beer Garden & Garage Sale!

Posted: May 21, 2010

Farrell Howe
(269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

59th Annual KIA Art Fair

Beer Garden & Garage Sale!

Kalamazoo, MI - Friday, May 21, 2010. You know summer is here when you see the KIA Art Fair in Bronson Park! It's the best way to kick off the start of what promises to be a beautiful season of sun and fun. Bring your family, your friends and your dog and come see all the wonderful offerings the second oldest running art fair in the nation has to offer!

2010 KIA Art Fair
Hours: Friday, June 4: 5 - 9 pm
Saturday, June 5: 9 am - 5 pm
Location: Bronson Park
Admission: Free!

Art Fair T-shirt Design Winner

The 2010 KIA Art Fair kicks off on Friday, June 4th at 5 pm with the KIA Beer Garden. Visit us under the KIA overhang on South and Park and enjoy Bell's Oberon Ale on tap and grilled fare from TGI Friday's! Musical guest Whiskey Before Breakfast will perform. The KIA Beer Garden will be open from 5-10 pm on Friday and 12-5 pm on Saturday. Cross the street to Bronson Park and get a sneak peek at more than 200 artist booths featuring original works from regional and national artists, including paintings, prints, drawings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, fiber works, jewelry, glass and mixed media pieces, all available for purchase!

An estimated 60,000 people will visit the Art Fair on Saturday, June 5, one of many events that celebrate Kalamazoo's "Super Saturday," the unofficial kick-off of the summer season. Participating artists are selected through a jury process, and cash awards are given for first, second and third place, as selected by a guest juror. This year's juror is Charles Loving, director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame.

The KIA Art Fair also offers activities for kids of all ages, including the Children's Art Yard, a special space for kids to create their own art to take home, a face-painting booth and a button factory.

Bands performing on stage include: Allegro String Quartet, Rare Combination, Blowers & Stone Duo and Great Lakes Grass. More than a dozen food vendors will provide edibles for every taste.

Also, for the first time ever, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will be hosting a Garage Sale during Art Fair. Hours are: 8 am - 3 pm Friday and Saturday. The KIA Garage Sale will be located in the KIA galleries. Available treasures include household items, furniture, jewelry, collectibles, clothing, books, sporting goods, electronics, linens, pictures/posters, toys and much, much more! Don't miss it!

The KIA Art Fair is sponsored by Miller Auditorium, Ample Pantry, PNC, Kalamazoo Gazette, Bell's Brewery, Panera Bread, Hardings, and River Street Flower Land.

Media Note: Digital images of last year's KIA Art Fair, as well as vintage images from the event's early days, are available on request.