Art Fair on the Fair

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Art Fair on the Fair

Three Organizations Collaborate for one BIG Fine Arts Event

Randall Scott Harden had a bold idea. The Noblesville native, well known regionally for his impressionist works, suggested that his hometown host a fine arts exhibition or fair on the historic Noblesville Courthouse Square. The Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission grabbed hold of Harden’s notion and launched Art Fair on the Square in 2004.

This year’s 11th fair takes place Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and is free to attend. Browse and buy fine art for sale by select juried artists, and experience one-of-a-kind entertainment, kids’ activities and more. As an added feature this year, VIP attendees can participate in a wine garden hosted by Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring appetizers and samples of several sparkling wines.

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2014 Art Fair on the Square, Noblesville

Since its inception, the annual event has grown immensely, and to broaden its scope, Art Fair on the Square is now a collaboration among NCAC, Nickel Plate Arts and the Hamilton County Artists’ Association.

Spearheaded by Lesley Haflich, an HCAA member and Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist, this is the third year HCAA has been involved in Art Fair on the Square. HCAA has acted as a facilitator between artists and the event, helping recruit new and repeat artists, and helping manage artist involvement during the event. art fair on the square

HCAA is also very present at Art Fair on the Square with a double booth full of members’ artwork. Art Fair on the Square was especially appealing to HCAA because it fell in line with its mission to support community and the arts. Artist fees from this event go back into HCAA and help support operating expenses for this event, as well as exhibits, classes, summer camps and scholarships for high school seniors pursuing collegiate art degrees.

As a hub for the arts in Hamilton County, it was only natural that Nickel Plate Arts would soon be involved with Art Fair on the Square. As a community-focused organization, this event falls in line with our mission and provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with two of our local partners. This year, Nickel Plate Arts will help support the event, facilitate the VIP Tasting area, and provide plenty of hands-on arts activities for art-lovers of all ages!

The continued success of Art Fair on the Square demonstrates a great collaboration between three local arts organizations and how they work hand in hand to support the arts in Noblesville.

The Fair Experience

According to Vicki Warner

Q. Who did you attend Art Fair on the Square with in 2014?

A. My mom, Lori Johnson, who also happens to be an artist.

Q. How did you hear about this event and what made you decide to attend?

A. Posters, social media, e-mails. I always love to go and look at art and see if there is something I can’t live without!

Q. What was your day like?

A.The day was perfect. We started at the Noblesville Farmer’s Market, and then spent time with family looking at art. I love seeing the art of people I know and to see what they are up to. I also love seeing what might be new.

Q. Why do you think this event is such an important part of our arts community?

A. It’s important and connects to the community because of its location and variety of artwork. With various mediums and price points, there’s something for everyone.

Q. Did you purchase any artwork?

A. Yes, my mom bought me two of Lesley Haflich’s paintings (they were a series that went together) for my birthday present. They were beautifully framed, as well.

Q. Are you planning on attending this year?

A. If I’m in town, I will definitely be going. I will visit the wine garden for sure! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s new and what my friends are showing.

Casey Kenley
casey@caseykenley.com