Wilkes-Barre will host a ‘safe and reduced’ fine arts festival in the public square from May 14 to 16
Following a scaled-down version of the Cherry Blossom Festival earlier this month, the town of Wilkes-Barre will present a “safe and reduced” fine arts festival in the public square from 11 am to 7 pm from Friday May 14 to Sunday. . , May 16.
According to a post on the festival’s website, this year’s free event “will include the Artist Market and Sale, the Wyoming Valley Art League Membership Show, the Verve Vertu Show and Sale, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Bonsai Society exhibition and sale ”. Masks and social distancing are mandatory for all participants.
“Unfortunately, it is not possible due to the current restrictions of COVID-19 to have all the extensive entertainment offerings, nor the features for family and children. The lavish and popular food court will also not be featured. Customers are kindly asked to support the wide range of dining options available downtown when they visit our art presentation, as they too are struggling to survive, ”he continues.
“As with everything, there are specific costs incurred for this presentation, and the Board of Directors leads the annual fundraising for financial support as well as the search for corporate sponsors. A mailing has started [on April 19] to former contributors and potential supporters. The council asks the community to consider lending support if possible. This past year has been a challenge in many ways for so many, and we really appreciate any consideration of support. “
This means no stage with live music, dance, theater or poetry this time around, which will certainly change the mood of the Fête des Beaux-Arts, but it’s better than nothing. 2020, which would have marked its 65th consecutive year, was the first time it had been canceled altogether rather than moved or postponed. It is “the most established festival of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” and the city’s most popular event, typically featuring over 50 artists and artisans and bringing up to 60,000 people downtown. of Wilkes-Barre each year.
37 artist booths are listed for 2021 (see below), and in an effort to boost local restaurant business, the second Diamond City Dine Out will take place on the same weekend as the Fine Arts Fiesta, offering discounts and promotions throughout the city center. can be seen on fineartsfiesta.org and on the festival’s Facebook page.
In addition, the first-ever South Main Sunsets will take place on Saturday May 15, a new monthly outdoor happy hour in Midtown Village (40 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre). This event will feature live music and drinks from the Susquehanna Brewing Company from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., as well as pop-up shops from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunsets over South Main continue on June 17 , July 15, August 19 and Sept. 16.
Artists of the Fiesta des Beaux-Arts 2021
Booth 1: Nik & Brenda Maximenko from Brodheadsville – restoration of old photographs
Booth 2: Andrea Hoak of Harrisburg – Guitar String Jewelry
Booth 3: Jim and Lia Harmon from Ridge Manor, FL – Jewelry
Booth 4: David Kline of Wilkes-Barre – wood
Booth 5: Ed Brownlee from Kalamazoo, MI – ceramic
Booth 6: Robert Matteson from Fallston, MD – pencil and ink drawings
Booth 7: Fiona Thompson from Phoenixsville – Copper Jewelry
Booth 8: John Paul Warren of Gilbertville – brooms
Booth 9: Carol and Cory Homick from Coopersburg – photography
Booth 10: Monika Figueroa from North Abington Township – Jewelry
Booth 11: Pamela Lobst from Whitehall – Glass Jewelry
Booth 12: Georgie Lehoop of St. Clair – Drum Art
Booth 13: Roy and Krisann Bachert of Zionsville – pottery
Booth 14: Raymond Becker de Lititz – photography
Booth 15: Robert Vielee of the Township of South Abington – photograph
Booth 16: Tina Traver from Clarks Summit – leather jewelry
Booth 17: Willie Trejbal from Wappingers Falls, NY – Jewelry
Booth 18: Sandi Gebhart of Bethlehem – Jewelry
Booth 19: Dennis Christie of Bethany – tinted and leaded glass
Booth 20: Burton Aulisio of Lancaster – science fiction art
Booth 21: Vad Pavliouk from Shelton, CT – glass
Booth 22: Jill Fielding from Malvern – glass
Booth 23: Igor Nasibyan of Erie – silhouettes
Booths 24 and 25: Dan Davenport from Millington, MI – Aluminum Gifts
Booth 26: Kevin Hart of Bellows Falls, VT – photography
Booth 27: Simon Xian Wen Zeng from Flushing, NY – painting
Booth 28: Liam Mccay from Bloomsburg – wood
Booth 29: John Kamerer of Gettysburg – photograph
Booth 30: Kerry Rohrbach of Reading – Mixed Media Jewelry
Booth 31: Diana Hydock from Freeland – mixed media
Booths 32 and 33: Sue and Dave Guzik of Pittston – mixed media mosaics
Booth 34: Marylin Handel and Hans Rein of Bowling Green, VA – jewelry
Booth 35: Deb Becker of Lancaster – carved wood and stained glass
Booth 36: Helen Victoria Mountz from Phoenix, AZ – jewelry
Booth 37: Mountain Top Del Casterline – ceramic
Photo by Rich Howells / NEPA Scene