Saturday opens the 10th Annual Agora Art Fair at the Fitchburg Agora. Greek for "gathering," the Agora is a retail space surrounded by natural prairie and beautiful scenery at 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway. Beginning at 10 a.m., more than 100 vendors will be set up, and ready to display their creations for all to see.
The vendors are all local or regional. Come enjoy their creations, ask questions, and learn more about their artistic process. "We want visitors to take in art for the senses: a beautiful mix of art, architecture, nature, music, food and community!" says Steve Leverentz, coordinator for the festival.
The Agora Art Fair is a friendly place, and visitors enjoy meandering through the tents, shopping for the perfect piece, and experimenting along the way. The Children's Art Yard offers multiple projects for younger visitors to try, including beading, mask making and sculpture. The projects require about 20 minutes to complete, and are provided by the Woods Hollow Children's Center.
The fun isn't limited to children. Adults will be offered several opportunities to have a hands-on experience at the fair. Dane Arts Mural Arts will be demonstrating mural painting, and offering participants the chance to try painting and participate in a community art project. The Yahara Bay Distillers are providing a workshop to make your own 3RD GEAR Bourbon Old Fashioned coaster. Finally, an adult coloring contest will challenge you to create your own work of art (and you'll earn a 3RD GEAR Old Fashioned from Yahara Bay Distillers at Nesbitt Road).
Beyond the tents, look up and enjoy art in the sky. Artists take great pride in their kite creations, and will be flying them high for all to see.
In addition to the artist tents, visitors will enjoy live music at two different stages. The music areas offer seating and shade, and are the perfect place to relax. Vendors will offer a long list of delicious food and drink options, with treats geared for all ages (and even gluten free, vegan and paleo treats). The Wisconsin Craft Beer and Wine tent will provide a cool beverage, and serve as a fundraiser for the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce.
Gather at the Agora Art Fair, take in the beauty, and enjoy an outdoor excursion in Fitchburg! The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.