Levis Commons Finr Art Fair set for Aug. 17-18Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
This marks the ninth year for the Levis Commons Fine Art Fair — an event that has teken place every year since the Perrysburg outdoor mall opened. The fair is sponsored by The Guild of Artists and Artisans, a nonprofit association. The fair was juried and narrowed down from 300 applicants.
Art Fair Director Debra “Max” Clayton said they choose Levis Commons based on how beautiful the location is.
“We started there right about the time they first opened,” Clayton said. “It’s a really nice setting, the location itself.”
About 35,000 people attend the fair each year, she said.
“The other thing that’s really, really special about the location are the fair-goers,” Clayton said. “We do a variety of fairs but there’s something about the group that shows up in Perrysburg. They are just very, very supportive of the event. I think that is really a testament to, shall we say, the Perrysburg metropolitan area. It’s a group of people who really enjoy the arts, are knowledgeable about the arts and are very supportive of the arts.”
Clayton said that support is important.
“Art is a very important part of our community, our culture,” she said. “I think it just adds to the strength of the community … it helps us define who we are and show other people who we are.”
The fair will include 125 artists, 25 of them from Ohio. Toledoan Mary Jane Erard will display pastel paintings at the fair. Some will include lavender fields, tulip fields and scenes of agriculture inspired by her trips to Oregon and Washington states. She said she’ll also have some paintings of the Toledo Metroparks, which she especially likes in the fall.
Erard currently has multiple paintings on display at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Collector’s Corner gallery. She is also represented in the Robin B Gallery in Chicago.
Erard participated in one of the first fairs at Levis Commons before returning last year.
“[I] was amazed at how much it has grown and how much fabulous talent is on display,” she said in an email, adding that she was motivated to start painting by her father.
“I love to really make a statement in color, and so did my father,” she said.
The fair will run from from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18. There will be activities for children at the event.
“It’s important to expose kids to the arts,” Clayton said. “It’s just as fun for them because they see it in a completely different way than we see it.”