Mellwood Arts Center September Art Fair
I am excited to say that my new home’s bare walls may not have to be bare for much longer. If you are in need for some art for your home, or just like to peruse the local art fairs, you are in luck. This weekend marks the 4th annual Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center’s September Art Fair. The indoor and outdoor festival will feature over 200 local and regional artists and artisans. Whether you are looking for a large scale painting for an accent wall in your home, or a small trinket to remember the day, there will be something at the festival for everyone’s taste, needs, and budget.
The Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center is a sort of arts festival in itself. The center is open to the public year round, seven days a week. Originally the Fischer Meat Packing Company, the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center has since been renovated into a one-of-a-kind center for the arts community. The MAEC is a 360,000 square foot facility housing artists’ studio spaces, galleries, teaching studios, specialty stores, rehearsal spaces, and office spaces. In addition to all it’s in house offerings, the center has become well known for all it’s great events. Several art fairs, music concerts, and film festivals have been held at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center and have helped it gain notoriety. The MAEC has three event rooms, making it available for weddings and special event rentals. Weddings in particular, have become very popular over the last several years at the center. The Mellwood Arts and Entertainments Center’s regular business hours are 9:00am-9:00pm, seven days a week. The market’s primary hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm (shops, studios, and galleries may have additional hours).
There are three galleries in the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center that are worth checking out. The first gallery is the newest addition to the center; Gallery M. Gallery M is postmodern in design and contemporary art fills the room. Gallery A and Gallery B come together in the Bridge Gallery. An exhibition space and thoroughfare, this space can be seen from the courtyard of the center as well. The bridge gallery connects Galleries A and B and in a unique walkway exhibit. The Pigment Gallery is the original gallery of the center, showcasing new artists every two months. Folk art and juried exhibits are often the featured art in the gallery.
You can find me this weekend at the fair looking through the black and white photographs, or maybe the large scale oil paintings, or shoot, I probably need some sculptures too. Oh boy, I am looking forward to this weekend! The September Art Fair will be on this weekend, Saturday September 8th and Sunday September 9th on the grounds of the Center. The fair will run each day from 10:00am-6:00pm and is free to the public. For more information on the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center, directions to the center, or information on future events going on, go to mellwoodartscenter.com.