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August 20, 2014

Midwest Salute to the Arts features 100 award-winning artists

One hundred artists from all over the country will gather in Fairview Heights for the annual Midwest Salute to the Arts.

They will display and sell their work Friday through Sunday under tents at Moody Park.

"It's really a fun show to do," said ceramic artist Mike Bose, 65, of Bedford, Iowa. "It's well-received by the public, well-juried, and the people who run it are good people."

Bose has participated several years. He won Best of Category in clay last year.

Bose specializes in animal, fish and reptile forms and large vessels that reflect his love of anthropology and archeology.

"I do raku firing," Bose said. "It's a 6,000-year-old Oriental firing process. The vessels that I make are classical in the sense that they're timeless."

Some of the Salute artists will give demonstrations, showing their processes on everything from acrylic painting to making hand-painted books.

This year, organizers have stepped up efforts to not only promote art, but to nurture the next generation of artists.

"We have 100 award-winning artists (in the show), but the kids are our future," said Director Sharon Kassing, 50, of Fairview Heights.

The Creation Station will be back, allowing children to make art for overseas military personnel.

It's part of Mail Call Masterpieces, a community project with VFW Post 8677 Ladies Auxiliary and Enjoy Church in Alton.

"Last year, we had a great response," Kassing said. "We were able to donate over 160 pieces of artwork, letters and decorated boxes."

The popular Children's Gallery also will be open for business Saturday and Sunday.

Each of the 100 professional artists have donated two pieces to the gallery. Children can buy one to take home for $5 while supplies last.

"They get to shop for their own piece of artwork with no influence by adults," Kassing said.

New this year is a Student Art Link contest. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade submitted artwork with the theme "Feet in the Grass."

Judges will award prizes Sunday, and artwork will be sent to overseas military personnel.

"I'm a substitute teacher at William Holiday, and I wanted to get Fairview Heights children involved," said Diane Bazan, who came up with the contest idea.

"I believe if children learn to appreciate art when they're young that it will stay with them throughout their lives. They will learn to appreciate great works of art and possibly become artists themselves."

The Salute's medium categories include clay, mixed media, wood, drawing and printmaking, oil and acrylics, fine craft, photography, glass, sculpture, jewelry and watercolor.

Beyond art, entertainment will range from live bands to dance performances, as well as clowns, jugglers and storytellers for kids. Feast in the park will feature food and beverages -- from wine to ice cream, barbecue to fish, Greed desserts and wine, beer and frozen margaritas -- from 13 vendors for sale.

"We have over 300 local volunteers," Kassing said. "They're so loyal. They come out every year, and they're fabulous.

"But we always have room for more. We could use help working with children on art projects. We could use help on the grounds."

At a glance

What: Midwest Salute to the Arts

Where: Moody Park on Longacre Drive in Fairview Heights

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Admission: Free

Information: Visit midwestsalute.com or the Facebook page or call Sharon Kassing at 618-792-4675

To volunteer: Email salutevolunteer@gmail.com

Midwest Salute to the Arts schedule

FRIDAY

6 to 8 p.m. -- Watercolor painting demonstrations by Kevin Brundage and Susan Winter

6 to 8 p.m. -- Pen and ink drawing demonstration by Joanna Hoge

6 to 8 p.m. -- Acrylic painting demonstration by Renee Canetta

7 to 9 p.m. -- Music by Well Hungarians

SATURDAY

All day -- Demonstrations by Belleville Woodcarvers, Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois and Gateway East Artists Guild

10 a.m. -- Children's Gallery opens (art sold for $5 while it lasts)

9 to 10 a.m. -- Dooley the Clown

10 to 11 a.m. -- Metro Dance Company performance

10 to 11 a.m. -- Music by Carrier Tunes

10 a.m. to noon -- Live remote with Sherry Farmer of KLOU radio

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Mixed media painting demonstrations by Kevin Pickard and Jessica Canale

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Pencil drawing demonstration by Suzy Kunz

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Acrylic painting demonstration by Tom Wodarczyk

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Children's entertainment by Randall Spriggs

11 a.m. to noon -- Bubble Bus

11 a.m. to noon -- Izzy the Grizzly

Noon to 1:30 p.m. -- Music by Slow Down Scarlett

Noon to 1:30 p.m. -- Music by Revence

1 to 4 p.m. -- Clay hand-building demonstration by Nancy Young Spence

1 to 4 p.m. -- Oil painting demonstration by Mary Ann Tutka

1 to 4 p.m. -- Acrylic painting demonstration by Jake Bishop

1 to 4 p.m. -- Wearable fine art demonstration by Tracy Welling

2 to 2:30 p.m. -- Muny Kids performance

2 to 3:30 p.m. -- Music by Turpentine

2:30 to 3 p.m. -- Bedouin Spice Belly Dance

3 to 4 p.m. -- Jeff the Juggler

4 to 5:30 p.m. -- Music by City of Lights

4 to 5:30 p.m. -- Music by singer and acoustic guitarist Lisa Jones

4 to 6 p.m. -- Hand-painted book-making demonstration by Maribeth Clancy

4 to 6 p.m. -- Oil painting demonstration by Mary Ann Tutka

4 to 6 p.m. -- Mixed media painting demonstration by Zeke Genard

4 to 6 p.m. -- Ceramic tiling demonstration by Kathy Lynott

SUNDAY

All day -- Demonstrations by Belleville Woodcarvers, Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois and Gateway East Artists Guild

11 a.m. -- Children's Gallery opens (art sold for $5 while it lasts)

10 to 11 a.m. -- Dooley the Clown

11 a.m. to noon -- Bubble Bus

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Music by Eastside Acoustic Duo

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Acrylic painting demonstration by Jake Bishop

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Mixed media painting demonstration by Zeke Genard

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Wire jewelry-making demonstration by Kerry Hof

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Drawing demonstration by Joyce Wells

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Children's entertainment by Randall Spriggs

1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Music by Revence

1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Music by Turpentine

1 to 3 p.m. -- Pen and ink illustration demonstration by Jacqueline Klene

1 to 3 p.m. -- Mixed media painting demonstration by Kevin Pickard

2 to 5 p.m. -- Sculpture demonstration by Kathy Lynott

2 to 5 p.m. -- Watercolor painting demonstration by Marty Spears

2 to 5 p.m. -- Acrylic painting demonstration by Ramah Alberts

2 to 5 p.m. -- Charcoal portraiture demonstration by Jessica Canale

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. -- Taleypo the Storyteller

3 to 4:30 p.m. -- Music by the Louis Michael Trio

3 to 4:30 p.m. -- Music by Mark Biehl

4 to 5 p.m. -- Althoff Dance Team performance

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