Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival set for 12th year

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The impending change of the seasons has been clear in the weather of late, and the cooler temperatures have arrived just in time for the 12th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival.

The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. around the Artists’ Exchange’s home at 50 Rolfe Square.

Admission for the day of art, live music, theater, games, food and fun is free. The event will feature approximately 30 vendors and eight live performances, and Rolfe Square will be closed between Auburn and Clarence streets.

The area will be transformed into a festival atmosphere and will include the work of artisans, a bounce house, a beer garden sponsored by the new Rolfe Square restaurant Bettola, carnival games and a pumpkin-decorating contest sponsored by Durfee True Value Hardware. There will also be prizes and a 50-50 raffle.

“With the help of our hard working volunteers, we will transform the entire building and surrounding parking lots into an arts festival,” said Emily Urban of the Artists’ Exchange, who is the coordinator for the event.

As part of the event, a street art contest will encourage participants to transform a square of pavement into a two-dimensional masterpiece. Entries will be judged by festival attendees and winners will receive a free class in art, music or theater at the Artists’ Exchange.

Attendees may also play “artsified” carnival style games such as “Fishing with Monet.” New this year will be two giant interactive photo murals and miniature golf.

Available for purchase at the food tent will be hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and pepper sandwiches, chili, chips and beverages. Character’s Café will also be open with a full menu, while Bettola will be selling its calzones.

Visitors to the festival will also have the chance to sign up for Artists’ Exchange classes at a 25 percent discounts.

“At Artists’ Exchange, we like to give back to the community. They do so much to support us throughout the year,” Urban said. “We like to create a chance for them see everything that is available right in their neighborhood. Our goal is to raise community awareness about our programs as well as those around us.”

Volunteers are still needed for the festival. For more information, visit artists-exchange.org or call 490-9475 and ask for Urban. 

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