Celebrate Summer Coming Together, More Artists Sought

Celebrate Summer will mark its 20th annual event with a little something for everyone, including art, music, antique cars, food, and a large children’s area. Several new highlights this year will be a Featured Artist Exhibit and a Student and Emerging Art Tent.

The show will be Saturday, June 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on West Center Street in Downtown Marion.

The Feature Artists Exhibit will include nationally known artists.  Already committed to show are Art Beery, Alan Reeve and Jay Johnston.  This exhibit will be located in the APEX Church’s Activities Center, 162 West Center Street.

A tent for Student and Emerging artists will showcase students and artists that are not yet established.  Artists may enter items by the piece, $10 for adults and $5 for students high school and younger.  Artists may wish to only exhibit their pieces, or they can set a price if they wish to sell.  Those wanting more information may call 740-262-9077.

The traditional art show will continue with handmade items of all types, including paintings, beaded and polished rock jewelry, lamp work and more.  Booth space is still available for anyone interested, by calling 740-262-9077.

For the fourth year, a different type of art will again be blended as the Marion Historical Society will bring their pre-1950 Car and Truck Extravaganza to the festivities.  Owners of these vintage original pre-1950 cars and trucks will be coming from near and far to share their restored vehicles with Celebrate Summer attendees.  Activities include a reception Friday evening at Marion’s Historic Palace Theatre for pre-registered vehicle owners, and nationally known organist, Dave Calendine, providing enthralling musical accompaniment to two classic silent movie films on Saturday.  Events at the Palace are sponsored by Primrose of Marion.  The number to call to pre-register in this elite car show is 740-389-6214.

Back again after an absence of several years will be music. The Paul Lyons Band will play from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the food court area.

Also on tap will be old-fashioned Monkey Organ Grinders showcasing their craft; 19th century penny-farthing, high-wheel bicycles; and an expanded Children’s Area by Family Life Church –the same group who does the Fall Blast for kids every year.  The Marion Hobby Club, Marion Camera Club, Bits and Pieces Quilting Guild, and Mid-Ohio Fine Art Society will have displays.  Many of the downtown businesses will be open with Celebrate Summer specials, as well.

There is still time to be a part of Celebrate Summer. Complete information, as well as registration forms, can be found at www.CelebrateSummer.org. Perspective food vendors may also call 740.382.2181 for information.

Celebrate Summer and Downtown Marion, Inc. are non-profit organizations whose mission is the revitalization of downtown Marion.  The Marion County Historical Society, also a non-profit organization, is dedicated to preserving and promoting local Marion County history.

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