Annual Street Art Fair combines culture with fun and festivities

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – With a festive summer blend of fun and the fine arts, the 55th annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair, July 13 to 16, offers entertainment and opportunities for children and adults.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with entertainment running until 11 p.m., the art fair showcases 200 fine artists, 25 restaurants in the city’s walker-friendly downtown, and an eclectic blend of local merchants.

Musicians, performers and child-friendly crafts add to the event’s appeal.

Entertainment on the main Riverfront stage opens Wednesday with the Toppermost Beatles Tribute band from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by Phoenix Theory from 8 to 11 p.m. with classic rock favorites from the ’70s to the present day.

American Mars, a Detroit band playing atmospheric roots-influenced rock entertains Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by Your Generation, a multi-media spectacular celebrating six decades of British and American pop and rock hits from 8:30  to 11 p.m.

Friday features high-energy Category 5 performing cover material and original songs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by “Larry Lee and Back in the Day,” a popular party band playing old school funk, rhythm and blues, pop, soul, blues, Motown, hip-hop, disco and rock from 9 to 11 p.m.

Saturday showcases Category 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with Boogie Dynomite, a ’70s disco extravaganza from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
On the visual arts front, the Downriver Council for the Arts presents a first ever Chestnut Art Mart Indie Craft Fair on Friday and Saturday at the James DeSana Center for the Arts at 81 Chestnut St.

More than 30 food vendors will also demonstrate their good taste with treats like corn on the cob, elephant ears and freshly squeezed lemonade.

Local contemporary artist Robby Gall will continue the “Art” interpretative tradition entrusted to a regional artist each year.
“Art” is a cartoon creature, one of the earliest iconic symbols of the fair. Those finding the fellow can qualify for an official “Find Art in Wyandotte” keepsake from the fair information booth at Maple and Biddle.

The art activity area for children at First and Elm, and in the Farmers Market lot, will offer hands-on art and craft opportunities, including a creative workshop from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Downriver Actors Guild will schedule family-friendly entertainment with local actors, puppeteers, clowns and other performers on the Children’s Stage.

For more information, go to wyandottestreetartfair.org.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)

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