The Batesville Regional Fine Arts Fair will be held this weekend at the RomWeber Marketplace. The art show, sponsored by the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, kicks off Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. with a Preview Night by Rural Alliance for the Arts. Tickets are $10 per person.
The show continues Satruday from 9-5 p.m. and Sunday 11-3p.m., with no admission charge.
Over twenty local artists will show off their skills decorating bird houses, creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art that will be available for sale starting Friday night, and sold throughout the weekend.
The artists project last year featured Adirondak chairs painted by local artists. The chairs were judged and sold to support this year’s show, and some will be available this year for those who didn’t get one last year.
“We have water color artists, glass etching artists, wood turners, jewelry makers, stained glass artists, and a variety of other forms of art which will be on display and for sale during the show, “ noted Katherine Taul, director of the Ripley County Tourism Bureau.
“Some will be doing demonstrations throughout the weekend, including Seth Bickis, who creates beautiful pendants in front of an audience. We are so pleased with the quality of artists that are drawn to our show. It’s a fun, creative weekend, and I hope everyone comes out to support the artists and enjoy their talents.”
A Children’s Craft Corner will be a new feature at the art show that includes three art projects that children can do and take home, for only $5 each. Tri-State Artisans (a local art gallery) will help them create a unique painted free-style piece, Clayworks Pottery (from Indianapolis) will work with the children on a pottery piece, and small birdhouses will be available to paint
Also new to the show, Chainsaws for Charity will be set up outside the art show, creating unique items out of wood. The items will be auctioned, with donations to Safe Passages, the Chainsaw’s charities, and to support the 2015 Art Show.
The Batesville Car Club, weather permitting, will also be set up outside, displaying talents in automobile restoration.
Music will be provided throughout the weekend by Miss Shannon’s Music Studio, as well as Leon Enneking’s students from the Batesville Middle School.
Neusole Glassworks will again be demonstrating glass blowing in their mobile unit Friday night and Saturday. They will also have items for sale.
“I really appreciate the dedication of artist Debi Black, RomWeber Marketplace’s Mary Ellen Rippe, the Rural Alliance for the Arts, and others who have worked so hard to make this art show possible,” Taul added, “and this year it will especially be a good excuse to escape the homes we have been huddling in all winter and see lots of color and beautiful things!”