The 2021 Art Fair was a great success, the Edwardsville Arts Center says, with participating artists reporting over $290,000 in artwork sales.
The funds raised through booth fees and sponsorships shape the budget for the coming year for the programs and events the EAC organizes. The Edwardsville Art Fair enriches the community and has become the largest cultural event in the area due to the support of the sponsors, artists, volunteers, and board of directors who come together to celebrate the arts.
The EAC announced that a Presenting Sponsor has come forward to help ensure the viability of the Art Fair well into the future.
A local family, Mark and Aubrey Wylie, have committed to be a Presenting Sponsor for the Art Fair for at least the next 5 years. The Wylie Family has committed $50,000 to the 2022 – 2026 Art Fairs. Their sponsorship will help the EAC plan for next year and beyond.
Mark Wylie, a principal of Edward Jones, said, “The Art Fair is a local treasure. It brings a diverse group of people together in celebration of the arts, providing an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents and for neighbors to gather in a fun, enriching environment. It brings dollars to local business, helping to strengthen our community. We look forward to the Art Fair weekend every year and are grateful to be able to help keep this tradition going.”
This past year the Edwardsville community saw work from participating artists that visited from across the country, as well as an international artist from Belgium. The City Park was full of visitors all weekend long and the artists exclaimed their appreciation of the hospitality from our community. With each new year, the Edwardsville Arts Center strives to bring new artists to our community, reaching a greater market area and appealing to a variety of tastes and interests for all to enjoy.
The Edwardsville Arts Center is busy planning for the new year, with art education programs, exhibitions, and the September 2022 Art Fair. A quick-pick list of upcoming events includes the Holiday Gift Show’s opening reception on Friday, Dec. 10, at 6 to 8 p.m. The District 7 Elementary and Middle School exhibition will take place in February of next year. An exhibition presented by the SIUE museum, Kingdom Animalia, will be on display in March and April. New classes are also being added in Spring of 2022 along with weekly ceramics classes and free Saturday classes for kids.
The Edwardsville Arts Center is a community visual arts center located in Edwardsville, featuring local, regional, and national artists in its exhibit space. Within the center, affordable, unique art pieces are also available for purchase in the gift shop. The arts center is dedicated to the community, offering regular art exhibitions and classes to enrich the area’s cultural experiences with affordable education and entertainment.
To learn more, call the Edwardsville Arts Center at (618) 655-0337 or visit www.edwardsvilleartscenter.com.