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!