Downtown Adrian will celebrate more than 60 local artists, including Adrian College students and faculty, sample the restaurants of Lenawee County, and hold a benefit “Chair-ity Auction,” the proceeds from which will benefit the art programs at the local Boys & Girls Club. Submitted chairs, decorated and designed from scratch, may be seen in the Adrian library.
Professional artwork will be displayed, in addition to local talents from Adrian High School and AC.
Junior Amara Karapas is one of the students from AC who will have pieces shown. This is her first time participating in Art-A-Licious and will have a sculpture and painting on display in her own booth.
“I hope to sell my work, make some profit, and make some connections. I think it’ll be a good experience,” Karapas said.
Her art pieces were submitted to and chosen by a jury in late August. Awards from a panel of judges will go up the second day of the festival, which can come from the actual art itself or by how booths are set up, organized, and decorated.
There will also be a “Student Film Festival” introduced, featuring pieces from any student, ages 13-22. Any genre of video may be submitted, and on Sept. 17 they will go under review by a panel of judges. Awards will be presented to the winners.
Also new to the festival is the photo contest sponsored by the Adrian Downtown Development Authority and Image Gallery. The goal of the contest is to have residents take pictures that tell their downtown story. They want to see Adrian’s “unique story” via pictures of downtown.
The festival is geared towards the families of Adrian. There will be arts and craft booths, local food, entertainment, and a United Way Day of Action Rally. Karaoke, choir and dance performances, encores of shows from the Croswell Opera House, interactive theatre, and a showing of “Toy Story 3” will all be in place for the whole family to enjoy. The Adrian Symphony Orchestra will have a booth where children and their parents can test out instruments and face painting and a pottery throwing tent will be there.
Most of the festival is free of charge, save some contest entry fees. This is in hopes that the residents of Adrian will come down to support their community. Volunteers and 19 sponsors, including AC, make the festival possible and helping hands are always welcome.