CNY Arts Center’s third annual Arts Festival will be held Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink on Broadway.
The event brings artists and crafters together with handmade original art on display for show and sale along with food vendors Tavern on the Lock, Treat Me Sweet Desserts, and Upper Landings.
Art projects for older kids including an unique painting experience still being developed and fabric art for all ages making hand-decorating canvas shopping bags. There will be a grand prize for festival attendees who register at the festival.
Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will each perform onstage in the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tupe is a local singer/songwriter with a new group named Lois Dixon and the Olives, which is comprised of Tupe, Hannah Doerrier, and Emily Plummer. Tupe was a winner of the first Arts Fest Talent Competition who will also serve as a judge for this year’s talent competition.
Eagan, known as Blackstone Acoustic and Art, is an artist, guitarist and auctioneer who also plays dobro and blues harp.
He started playing as a young teenager in garage rock bands, mostly southern rhythm and blues styles.
He has played with many local known talents in the CNY and Syracuse area, including the Georgia Pickers and Cotton Blue.
Also scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. is Butler Sheehan Academy of Traditional Irish Dance. The Syracuse-based group includes members from Oswego and Fulton.
The festival also promotes the arts with a talent competition featuring prizes in several categories. Talent of all ages and types will compete in age categories for those under 12, 12-20, and 20 plus. A new category has been added for garage bands or amateur youth bands just getting started with minimal public appearances.
Actors, singers, dancers, comedians, storytellers, all family friendly acts are encouraged to register and showcase their talents. Kristin Cook, actor and vocalist, will be returning for the third year as Emcee of the event.
“We’re so thrilled to be offering our third annual festival to showcase the wonderful arts in CNY,” said Nancy Fox, CNY Arts Center director. “Who knew when we first started in downtown Fulton we would grow to a large venue with over 50 vendors and such wonderful talent? This festival is becoming a much anticipated event for the local arts and we’re proud to offer this opportunity.”
There is still time to register your talent and more room for more artists and crafters. Talent and vendors may register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.