Music, beautiful sunshine, food and a wide variety of artistic displays made for a wonderful day in Ludington Park Saturday. More than 50 artists participated this year at the annual Waterfront Art Festival.
“What a fabulous festival this year,” said Pasqua Warstler, Bonifas artistic director. “Traffic was lively, spirits were high and we had amazing artists across the park.”
Artists donated a piece of their artwork for the Waterfront Raffle. The jars filled up with tickets as participants choose their favorite artwork. The Bonifas Arts Center uses the proceeds to promote art and cultural activities in the Upper Peninsula.
The youth tent was moved to center of the displays this year. They displayed artwork they have been working on throughout the year. The tent was at full capacity.
“The Young Artists Market was at its best with everything from paintings and drawings to metalsmithing and pottery,” Warstler said.
A steady stream of kids lined up at the Kids Tent for hand-on paper projects. It included drawings and sculptures made of colored paper.
The Kids Tent provided hours of hands-on fun with creative paper-crafts sponsored by Verso. Watch for the kids’ artistry at the U.P. State Fair,” said Warstler.
The Waterfront Art Festival was sponsored by the Bonifas Arts Center, City of Escanaba, Verso Corporation, Thrivent, U.P. State Credit Union, Northern Insurance and FedEx.