Midsummer Arts Faire Announces Mark & Gail Ehrhart as 2014 Honorary Chairs

The Midsummer Arts Faire board of directors is pleased to announce that Mark and Gail Ehrhart will be the Honorary Chairs for the 11th annual Midsummer Arts Faire. The Faire will be held on June 27th, 28th & 29th in Quincy’s Washington Park. The juried fine art exhibit and sale will feature 60 fine artists from around the Midwest.

The Ehrharts, both native Quincyans, are dedicated and longtime supporters of the local arts community. Gail attended Quincy Senior High School, Maryville University, and Quincy University. She enjoys participating in the Quincy Art Center classes with her children, Marcus and Nicole, and loves seeing their appreciation for art flourish as they get older. Mark attended Quincy Catholic Boys High School and the University of Illinois in Champaign.

The Ehrharts’ passion to support the Midsummer Arts Faire, its vendors and the community has continually grown each year since its inception. Together with his two brothers and their wives, Rick and Laura, and Matt and Kandi Ehrhart, the family truly enjoys supporting the Quincy community. Their family business, Kohl Wholesale and Kohl Cash & Carry Showroom, sponsors a variety of local area organizations including: Historic Quincy Business District, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Quincy Historical Society, Quincy Society of Fine Arts, Quincy Chamber of Commerce and Quincy Community Theatre. The family business has sponsored a number of community events including the Midsummer Arts Faire, Blues in the District, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and many more. The Ehrhart family’s lifelong appreciation for the arts and Quincy is continually showcased through their tradition of supporting and attending community art events.

“We are honored to chair the Midsummer Arts Faire this year and are excited to see the arts continue to succeed here in our community,” say the Ehrharts. “We look forward to seeing everyone at the Midsummer Arts Faire the last weekend in June. Save the date.”

The Midsummer Arts Faire features artists from throughout the Midwest representing a variety of media including, but not limited to, glass, photography, painting, wood, jewelry, clay, drawing, fiber, sculpture and mixed media. Artists are in their booths throughout the Faire to talk to the public about their work. Some artists offer demonstrations of their techniques. This year’s 60 participating artists will be announced on www.artsfaire.org in the coming weeks. Live music, hands-on art activities for all ages and a local food court complement the artwork.

A regional event of the magnitude of the Faire could not happen without the generous support of the community. For more information about donating to help grow the Faire and draw attention to our region’s high quality of life and love of the arts, please contact the Midsummer Arts Faire at info@artsfaire.org or 217.779.2285. Sponsorships and donations may also be arranged through our website at www.artsfaire.org.

The Midsummer Arts Faire is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and made possible by a grant from the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund.

For more information about the 11th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire and to view a complete list of artists, entertainers, food vendors, and art activities, visit our website at www.artsfaire.org. SEE YOU AT THE FAIRE JUNE 27, 28 & 29!

Downtown Quincy Mural Dedicated in Honor of Faire Founder

The 5,000 square foot mural is located at 115 North 4th Street in downtown Quincy. The mural titled, “Focus,” was created by Quincy artist Jennifer Bock-Nelson and dedicated to Pat Surface, the late founder of the Midsummer Arts Faire.

“There’s something about the transitional space of being in a car and the beautiful things that happen with the natural light as it changes and the artificial lights coming from streetlights or cars or signs,” described Bock-Nelson.

Artists Jacqueline Kaufman Wood, Lana Rabe and Amber Nicole Smith assisted with the mural.
A committee consisting of Maggie Strong representing the Midsummer Arts Faire, Travis Brown, Executive Director of the Historic Quincy Business District and Jen Teter with the Quincy Art Center, met for months to choose a location and artist for the first of what they hope will be more murals and public art projects in downtown Quincy.

“We chose the building at 115 North 4th Street because its location on Highway 24 serves as the unofficial gateway to our community,” says Maggie Strong. “Thousands of vehicles pass by the wall each day and we’re eager to grab the attention of those drivers. Quincy is a great arts community and this mural will demonstrate that to not only our citizens, but also visitors.”

The project was a true community and grassroots effort and would not have been possible without our sponsors. Major sponsors include: Blessing Health System and the City of Quincy Arts Fund. Other supporters include: The Great River Economic Development Foundation, Historic Quincy Business District, Oakley-Lindsay Foundation, Quincy Art Center, Quincy Medical Group, Midsummer Arts Faire, Rupp Masonry & Rupp Rental, Anticipation and owners Isaac and Kristina Miller, Austin Properties, Entrup Drywall & Painting, Heritage Painting & Restoration, Bank of Springfield, Bank of Quincy and John & Lani Schneider.

For more information and details about the mural, call 217.779.2285.

MAF Announces Jeff and Theresa Spear as 2013 Honorary Chair

The Midsummer Arts Faire board of directors announced that Jeff and Theresa Spear will be the Honorary Chairs for the event’s 10-year anniversary celebration. The 10th annual Midsummer Arts Faire will be held on June 28-30, 2013, in Quincy’s Washington Park. The juried fine art exhibit and sale will feature over 50 fine artists from around the country.

Both native Quincyans, the Spears’ commitment to the local arts community is well-established. Theresa, an artist specializing in depictions of animals using a watercolor batik on Kinwashi rice paper medium, is a graduate of Quincy Notre Dame and received her Bachelor’s Degree in studio art from Quincy University. She has served as an active volunteer and board leader on numerous local arts organizations, including the Quincy Society of Fine Arts among others. Jeff is a graduate of Quincy High School and Kenyon College. He has also been an active volunteer for many local nonprofit organizations. Jeff helped raise funds for the initial Midsummer Arts Faire held in 2004 and helped the MAF establish a new purchase award program in 2011, providing additional income opportunities for participating MAF artists. Together with their son, Will, the Spears operate Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

“We are honored to co-chair this year’s event,” say the Spears. According to MAF board president Kelli Langston, the honorary chair selection was an easy one. “The Spears have been such steadfast supporters of this event for the last ten years. The board was excited to approach Jeff and Theresa to co-chair the 10th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire and we are honored that they accepted.”

The Midsummer Arts Faire features artists from the tri-state area and throughout the country representing a variety of media including, but not limited to, glass, photography, painting, wood, jewelry, clay, drawing, fiber, sculpture, and mixed media. Artists are in their booths throughout the Faire to talk to the public about their work. Some artists offer demonstrations of their techniques. 2013 participating artists will be announced on www.artsfaire.org in the coming weeks. Close to 100 artists applied to participate in this year’s event.

Complementing the fine art sale are a variety of live musical and theatrical performances by regional artists, the “Taste of Quincy” food court and the “Art for Everyone” area which includes a variety of free hands-on art activities for all ages such as throwing pottery on a wheel and collage and the Young Collectors Gallery for ages 4 – 14 benefitting area art education programs.

Fundraising letters have been sent to area businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the tri-states. A regional event of the magnitude of the Faire could not happen without the generous support of this community. For more information about donating to help grow the Faire and draw attention to our region’s high quality of life and love of the arts, please contact MAF at info@artsfaire.org or 217.779.2285. Sponsorships and donations may also be arranged through our website at www.artsfaire.org with a credit card.

The Midsummer Arts Faire is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and made possible by a grant from the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund.

For more information about the 10th Annual Midsummer Arts Faire and to view a complete list of exhibitors, entertainers, food vendors, and art activities, visit our website at www.artsfaire.org. SEE YOU AT THE FAIRE JUNE 28-30!