Friday, April 15, 2016

Art festival features Plein Air Paint-Out, Sidewalk Chalk-Out

The arts will be celebrated in Boyne City at the 7th annual Boyne City SOBO Arts Festival, June 24 and 25, in Sunset Park on the shore of Lake Charlevoix. “In the spirit of its original mission of encompassing all arts, this family friendly interactive art festival is about creating an experience through art. Stations will invite guests to interact in a variety of art forms in an engaging, entertaining and collaborative environment,’ said Becky Harris, co-chair of the committee.
We invite artists of all skill and experience levels to become involved through participation in two different competitions. The Plein Air Paint-Out Competition will take place June 25, from 8 am to 3 pm. The artists will be inspired by the beauty of historic Boyne City and Lake Charlevoix. All work must be completed 100% ‘en plein air’ – outdoors and during the competition hours. Artists will arrive with their own blank canvas to be stamped prior to beginning the competition. The event will bring in art lovers and collectors, as well as those who want to participate in the community-centered event planned for downtown Boyne City. Judging will take place at 4:30 with a reception and exhibition planned for 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the artists, announce the winners and award prizes. The public is invited to enjoy the paintings, all of which will be available for sale. First, second and third place cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 will be awarded in the open class and a first place prize of $50 will be awarded in the student class.
New at this year’s Festival is the Sidewalk Chalk-Out Competition. The artists' palate will be the sidewalk surrounding Sunset Park downtown Boyne City along the shores of the Boyne River and Lake Charlevoix. Artist of all ages and abilities – from the beginner to experienced chalk artist - are welcome. There will be an adult (16 years and older) and a junior division with an open theme. The contest will run from noon to 4 pm with winner announced at 4:30 with a reception and exhibition planned for 5 p.m. to celebrate the artists, announce the winners and award prizes. Fee to participate is $10 per square. Cash prizes will be awarded to first second and third places for the adult division of $200, $100 and $50, respectively, and first place cash prize of $50 for the junior division. All awards are by Peoples’ Choice. There is a free family doodle area, for those who wish to just come and play.

Cost to enter either competition is $10. To pre-register (required) and get complete set of rules, go to, call Becky Harris at 231-330-2704 or email Send the $10 fee to SOBO Arts Festival, 319 N. Lake Street, Boyne City, MI 49712 or pay when you have your canvas stamped.

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