Artalicious Fine Arts Fair Returns to Downtown Adrian for 2022

ADRIEN – Beautiful art. Delicious food. Great entertainment.

These are some of the main highlights to come this weekend when fine art fair Artalicious returns to the streets of downtown Adrian for its 15th anniversary.

The two-day juried fine arts fair can be experienced from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.

“You don’t want to miss this exceptional event,” Don Taylor, chairman of Artalicious’ planning committee, said in a statement. “We’ve worked hard to make Artalicious the premier small-town fine arts fair in the region.”

Artalicious features both established professionals and new artists, all of whom will showcase a variety of artworks and mediums. The organizers have also added talented art students to the list of exhibitors to showcase these up-and-coming artists.

Artalicious is presented with the support and partnerships of Visit Lenawee, City of Adrian, Art Work and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council.

Adrian's David Garcia, dressed in armor, dances as Tipton's Lucas Vanzandt performs and Jackson's Katlin Wilkinson looks on September 18, 2021, during the Artalicious fine arts fair in downtown Adrian.

Over 50 local and regional artists are expected over the two days in downtown Adrian. Many artists will have their artwork for sale and others will offer live demonstrations of their art to the public.

Serving as the backdrop to the fine arts fair, live musical performances will take place on the streets of the city center on both days. Saturday music programming continues until 10 p.m.

Various restaurateurs will also be on site.

Taylor said he was pleased with the fine arts fair lineup this weekend and looks forward to welcoming the community to downtown Adrian.

“I love the artists we have lined up for this weekend,” he said Wednesday. “Those we have had before have had great experiences here. One of the things I love to do is walk around downtown during the festival and see so many people congregating. (Artalicious) is truly both a fine arts fair and a community event.

Southeast Michigan has a lot to offer in terms of art and culture and Lenawee County is no different, Taylor said, while noting the popularity of several other community festivals in Lenawee County, including the Appleumpkin Festival in Tecumseh, the Clinton Fall Festival and Kapnick Orchards. Apple Festival.

“Our community reacts very positively to these festivals and its other festivals. They are all a little bit different,” he said. “We have a great community for fairs and festivals, and I think we (Artalicious) have some longevity too, with nearly 15 years as a regional event.”

A full list of participating artists this weekend can be viewed at www.artalicious.org. A good number of artists hail from Adrian and other areas of Lenawee County, while a handful of artists come from areas of northwest Ohio.

From left, Harmony Powell, 8, Eric Powell, Anias Powell, 13, and Myles Powell, 10, all of Adrian, work with Keva Planks on Sept. 18, 2021, at the District Library tent in 'Adrian at Artalicious in downtown Adrian.

Three artists in the lineup are from Florida. James and Belladroa Lassak are from North Port, Florida, and Crocifissa Kristina Grillo, from High Springs, Florida. Both will exhibit mixed media artwork.

South Main Street will be home to a variety of food trucks, offering many different dining options, Taylor said. Food and drink tents will also be on South Main Street.

Downtown streets will be closed to motorists from 4 p.m. on Friday, September 16, so that the installation of Artalicious can begin. North Main Street, from East Church Streets to Toledo Streets, and East Maumee, from North Broad Streets to North Winter Streets, will be closed to traffic.

A sign at the four corners of downtown Adrian directs visitors to different features of the Artalicious fine arts fair on September 18, 2021.

The City of Adrian said it expects streets to reopen to motorists no later than 11 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.

Adrian Morning Rotary, in partnership with Adrian’s District Library and Artalicious, is hosting a gently used and new children’s book drive this weekend. Collection will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, behind the Adrian District Library, 143 E. Maumee St. Members of the Adrian Morning Rotary will be outside the library near the back entrance and from the Toledo Street parking lot.

Adrian Morning Rotary builds, maintains and stores over 20 small free libraries throughout the community. Since 2015, at least 20,000 new and used books have been placed in libraries by the Rotary club, according to a press release from Rotary co-president Adrian Morning Idalí Feliciano.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, a free walking tour of historic buildings in downtown Adrian will take place during Artalicious. The Lenawee Historical Museum and volunteers John Kuschell and Laura Berdyck will lead the tour, which will include the history of many structures as well as the changes and renovations that have taken place over the years.

The tour begins at the Lenawee Historical Museum, 110 E. Church St., and the first stop will be the historic fire station. From there, Kuschell and Berdyck will lead the tour down Each Church and Broad Streets to East Maumee Street where they will visit Adrian’s First Presbyterian Church. Next, the tour will make a stop at the Adrian District Library. The tour continues down Winter Street to Raymond’s Auto and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF).

Adrian's Morgan Andrews looks through a telescope attached to a larger telescope on September 18, 2021, as Adrian's Elijah Piekarela looks on as PlaneWave Instruments senior electrical engineer Dan Medley explains the telescopes at the exhibit from PlaneWave to Artalicious in downtown Adrian.

Some special exhibits of note, Taylor pointed out, include a telescope that will be along East Maumee Street furnished by PlaneWave Instruments, and the Adrian Center for the Arts will present its “Ties That Bind” exhibit inside the Gallery of Shops, 136 E Maumee St. The ‘Ties That Bind’ collects ornate masks that reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists and the community.

Inside the City Chambers building, 159 E. Maumee St., art students from every school district in Lenawee County will see digital artwork displayed on televisions inside the chamber. The work of K-12 students was collected by Adrian High School art teacher Annie Howard. The artwork can be viewed from noon to 4 p.m. on both days, Taylor said. There are more than 125 student work submissions, he said.

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