Oak Street Art, a local artists collective, will be taking their art into the brick streets of the John A. Logan historic district of Murphysboro on Saturday for the third annual Oak Street Art Fair, an all-day party featuring the work of more than 29 local artists and entertainment by seven local musicians.
In 2016, the first year of the fair, more than 600 people came out to play.
Here are the top five reasons Oak Street Art members are excited about this year’s art fair:
1. There will be (at least) 29 exhibiting artists of all ages and skill levels who work in a wide variety of media, including ceramics, printmaking, painting, glass, metals-jewelry, sculpture, weaving, photography, leather, drawing, and stained glass. (This is a curated fair, invitation only.) Everyone is welcome to come and meet the exhibiting artists and ask questions.
2. There will be lots of hands-on art activities for kids, more than in previous years. For several hours during the fair, volunteers will lead structured art activities for children.
3. There will be live music from local musicians -- Kevin Lucas, Mike Wright, Beth Davis and Dakota Cummins, Them Two, Kathleen Shaffner, Maria Johnson and Bill Carr -- all day long (seven sets of live music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on the Oak Leaf Stage, the front porch of the Jones House, on the corner of Oak and 16th streets. There is no cover charge, but bring lawn chairs so you can sit and enjoy the music.
4. A stronger sense of community. Every member is excited about the chance to bring people together, to bring artists and art to the community, to get to know neighbors and help them understand why and how artists do what they do. Everyone is welcome at the Oak Street Art Fair. Come and enjoy the art and artists, the music and musicians, the food and fellow community members.
5. And if you get hungry, there will be good food and beverages available from MugLee Brew, who will bring their setup to the fair this year, and the Murphysboro Youth Center, who will also have a booth.