Manchester Main Street’s Second Annual Eel River Arts Festival is this weekend, Sept. 13, in the heart of downtown North Manchester. Saturday’s 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Art Fair is free to the public, highlighting area artists’ work – Perry Collins, Janet Ecklebarger, Elizabeth Wamsley, Candie Cooper, Gallery 64, Shanghai Tai and many more. Come meet the artists and purchase unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography. There will be plenty of food and creative enrichment for all ages, so be sure to stop by.
Check out local artists as they create art – Penny French-Deal’s canvas oil painting and Christy Schuler’s pottery making demonstrations. And, enjoy live musical performances throughout the day. Kids activities include craft making, art workshops and face painting. Plus, participants in the Community Trail Network “Family Fun Ride” scavenger hunt will receive a free CTN magnet and be entered into a raffle drawing. Bring your bike, and pick-up a CTN map and entry form at Manchester PATH Group’s art fair booth.
The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic downtown streetscape. The Eel River Gardens, overlooking the Eel River, is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club. And, a colorful new mural installation by the Manchester University Art Department to celebrate the Eel River is located along the South Market Street retaining wall.
Visit Manchester Main Street’s website at www.manchestermainstreet.org/eel-river-arts-festival to download the Eel River Arts Festival’s music line-up and a complete listing of the artists. And, preview the artists’ work on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EelRiverArtsFestival. For additional event information, contact Renata Robinson, Manchester Main Street Executive Director, at (260) 901-6045 or [email protected]