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Over 115 artists to take part
in annual juried fine art fair
Ludington’s famed West Shore Art Fair (WSAF) will return to downtown Ludington’s Rotary Park Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7 for its 51st year.
The WSAF has been known as on the top fine art fairs in the State of Michigan over the last 50 years and for the past four years has been recognized as one of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s 200 Best Fine Art and Fine Craft Fairs. In 2018 Sunshine Artist Magazine named the WSAF the 31st best fine art fair in the nation.
This year’s art fair will feature over 115 artists featuring unique and high-quality original works of art. Fine art categories include clay, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metals, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and wood.
In addition to original, jury-selected art, the show features live music performances, food stations and a children's art activity area.
This open-air, juried fine art and fine crafts show is managed by Andrew Skinner of the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, a community arts organization that cultivates access to arts and culture in West Michigan.
The West Shore Art Fair hours of operation will be Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A lot goes into organizing the WSAF and volunteer positions are still available. If you are interested in volunteering at the art fair this summer please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/
LUDINGTON, Mich. – The Ludington Area Center for the Arts’ (LACA) West Shore Art Fair (WSAF) recently received a ranking of 31st on Sunshine Artist magazine’s, www.sunshineartist.com, 26th annual 200 Best, ranking the nation’s most-profitable art and craft festivals based on subscribers’ sales performance in 2017.
The West Shore Art Fair, which takes place annually in downtown Ludington’s Rotary Park, was awarded a ranking of 31st on the list of events that focus on unique, fine art quality pieces. This is the fourth year in a row that the WSAF has been ranked by Sunshine Artist magazine.
“LACA staff and volunteers have work hard over the past six years to elevate WSAF's standing in the artist community,” former WSAF Director Shelia Preston said. “A ranking of 31st in the nation not only validates all of our past hard work, but also places the WSAF among the most prestigious fine art and fine craft fairs in the nation.”
The 2019 West Shore Art Fair will take place July 6-7 and will feature over 100 artist from across the country artists showcasing high-quality, original art, as well as emerging artists in Ludington’s most prestigious annual arts events. Registration for the juried fine arts fair will begin in November. Visit www.ludingtonartscenter.org/wsaf3.html or facebook.com/WestShoreArtFair for additional information about the WSAF.
In addition to being a marketplace for purchasing original, hand-crafted art, the West Shore Art Fair is a celebration of visual and performing arts, featuring live performances, food stations and a children’s art activity area.
Launched in 1993, the 200 Best is split into two categories: Fine Art and Design, for events that focus on unique, fine art quality pieces, and Classic and Contemporary Craft, for events that focus on traditional or modern craft and production work. This year’s number one Fine Art and Design show is the La Quinta Arts Festival in La Quinta, California, and the number one Classic and Contemporary Craft show is Christmas in the Country in Hamburg, New York. The entire 2018 list is available in Sunshine Artist’s September 2018 issue.
To vote, ballots are included in the April issue of Sunshine Artist and are sent via email to email subscribers. Artists are then asked to list the 10 most-profitable art and/or craft shows they exhibited at from the previous year, indicate their income range at each, and note whether they consider themselves to be fine artists or craftspeople for each event. The results are tabulated using a weighted scale based on sales to ensure that all events can compete against each other fairly.
Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best focuses solely on revenue, because that’s the most objective indicator of a show’s future success. Subjective attributes such as artist treatment, amenities, attendance levels, management, or even overall quality can certainly impact sales, but they’re harder to gauge and therefore have no direct bearing on these rankings.
“For 26 years, the 200 Best has been an invaluable resource to countless artists and craftspeople,” said Stephanie Hintz, editor of Sunshine Artist. “We encourage all professional makers to secure a copy of the September issue and to participate in 200 Best voting each and every year.”