What you need to know about Midwest Salute to the Arts

Steve Anderson, of Cedar Springs, Mich., at his Anderson’s Metal Sculpture booth at the 2014 Midwest Salute to the Arts. His copper and brass sea turtle sculpture won the Council’s Choice Award in 2014. It’s the 2015 Salute to the Arts signature art piece.
Steve Anderson, of Cedar Springs, Mich., at his Anderson’s Metal Sculpture booth at the 2014 Midwest Salute to the Arts. His copper and brass sea turtle sculpture won the Council’s Choice Award in 2014. It’s the 2015 Salute to the Arts signature art piece. News-Democrat

The 27th Midwest Salute to the Arts this weekend in Fairview Heights promises three days of fun for the entire family.

One hundred artists from across the country will participate in the juried art show and will display and sell their work in the categories of clay, drawing/printmaking, fine craft, glass, jewelry and precious metals, mixed media, oil and acrylic painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood.

Other highlight include an expanded Children’s Interactive Creation Station, featuring a clown, a juggler and the Bubble Bus, and a Children’s Gallery, where children can choose art to buy for $5. There also is continuous entertainment for adults, including Rogers & Nienhaus Friday and Well Hungarians Sunday, and a Feast in the Park food court with local vendors integrated into the Art Gallery.

More than 300 volunteers will be on hand to make sure you enjoy your visit. Remember, it goes on rain or shine, and no pets are allowed.

Hours: When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Moody Park, Fairview Heights

Admission: Free

Parking: Free in the area at Ruby Lane and Long Acre Drive adjacent to the art festival in Moody Park.

Information: www.midwestsalute.com and on Facebook


FRIDAY: 6:30-10 p.m. — Rogers & Nienhaus

SATURDAY: 10-11:30 a.m. Carrier Tunes; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Revence Band; 1-2:30 p.m. Louis Michael Trio; 2:30-4 p.m. Acoustic Rough Ryders; 4-6 p.m. Dave & Greg Show; 6-8 p.m. Klose ’Enuff

SUNDAY: 10:45 a.m -noon Lisa Jones; noon- 3 p.m. Well Hungarians; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Mark Biehl Group

Children’s Interactive Creation Station

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Imagination is the only admission requirement for the children’s interactive art area. Kids can create a project and take the art home, or join the group working on the Salute Chalk Walk. Project include Mardi Gras masks, mini bubble blowers, Popsicle stick harmonicas, rainbow bubble art, bird feeders and letters to the military. There also will be doodle boards, face painting, a caricaturist and bubble tubs. Here is the entertainment schedule for kids.

SATURDAY: 9-11 a.m. Dooley the Clown; 10-11 a.m. Bubble Bus; 1-2 p.m. Jza-Jazanell; 3- 6 p.m. Spoon Man; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. illustrator Randall Spriggs and Rockie’s face painting

SUNDAY: 10-11 a.m. Dooley the Clown; 11 a.m - noon Bubble Bus; 11 a.m to 4 p.m. illustrator Randall Spriggs; 1-2 p.m. Juggler; 2-3 p.m. Metro Dance Company

Student Art Link: See artwork submitted by children in kindergarten through eighth grade from metro-east schools, choosing their own theme and medium.

Mail Call Masterpieces: Children can create artwork and write letters to deployed military personnel in the Children’s Creation Station. They will be included in care packages sent through Enjoy Church of Alton and Fairview Heights VFW Post 8677 Ladies Auxiliary. The project also will be accepting donations of personal care items and other things requested by soldiers.

Children’s Gallery

Each of the 100 professional artists have donated two pieces to the gallery. Children ages 3-11 enter the gallery and choose a piec of art, free from parental influence. After the child has selected a piece, he is encouraged to visit the artist who created the piece to find out how it was created. The cost to enter the gallery is $5.

Other attractions

Feast in the Park food vedors are: Chili’s Bar & Grill (chicken or pork tacos, chips and salsa), Cold Stone Creamery (ice cream bars and cups, root beer floats, chocolate-dipped cheesecake), D&T Ol Fashion (kettle corn, snow cones, pretzels), Fairview Heights Rotary (alcoholic beverages), Fairview Heights Kiwanis Club (frozen rainbow pops and ice cream treats in children’s area), Holy Trinity School (water and soda), Jude’s Catering (Italian pork philly sandwich, grilled veggie sandwich, philly pork nachos, summer fruit salad), Knights of Columbus Fairview Heights (hot dogs, brats, sloppy joes), Pasta Fare (Italian chicken pasta bowl, Greek pasta salad, chicken kabobs, lemon cookies), Penn Station (build-your-own 6-inch subs, chips, cookies, lemonade). For the first time, the food vendors will be integrated into the Artist Gallery.

New exhibit: Art work by adults with intellectual disabilities from Trinity Services’ Adult Learning Program. Amateur artists have created quild designs on plywood and heavy-duty foam board. While they cannot sell the work at the show, the pieces are for sale.

Live radio: Julie Tristan, co-host of Billy & Julie in the Morning” on KLOU 103.3-FM radio along with Billy Greenwood, will do a live remote from Salute to the Arts from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.