Get your art on at the farmPublished 10:41am Thursday, August 21, 2014
By D. E. MESSICK
NEW CARLISLE — An artistic experience unlike any other is taking place in New Carlisle for the first time this weekend.
Fine Art on the Farm will take place this Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, at The Homestead 1835, including numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy.
“The venue is very relaxed. It’s a family atmosphere so children feel welcome,” said Shireen Cline, art show producer from KoZmo Events.
Twenty-five artists will visit the farm-turned-event venue, located at 33771 Chicago Trail, to offer their goods, present demonstrations and entertain the crowds.
The Homestead 1835 was completely restored as a unique concert and event venue on a farm. Cline and the owners Lori and Dave Kimmel decided to host the art show at the venue to increase awareness about the farm and the growing art industry in the Michiana area.
Fine Art on the Farm will feature activities and events for those of all ages, including Niles children’s author Sherri Hallwood, who will be doing story time and songs for children ages 3 to 9 years old.
For the adults, artists from Saugatuck, Muskegon, Fort Wayne, Bellevue, Sturgis, Goshen, Chesterton and the rest of Michiana will visit the farm to showcase their many handcrafted wares including paintings, blown glass, scrimshaw, jewelry, knives, fine photography, leather goods, fiber arts, custom bags, abstract art, digital art, realistic metal sculptures, wood-turned bowls (the artist won first place at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair and Indiana State Fair), pottery, quilters and fine custom furniture craftsmen designed by Jacob Block.
“We have something for everyone,” Cline said. “I try to reach everyone’s likes when it comes to the art.”
To do that, only 10 percent of any medium was selected for the show, ensuring that every artist is unique and different from the others.
Cline met with each of the artists to examine their products and passion before allowing them to participate in the show.
“When you come to Fine Art on the Farm, you’re going to feel that positive energy. You’re going to feel the artist’s passion for art,” Cline said.
And there is more than art at this event, too. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Elwood Splinters Blues Band will perform. Afterward, WNIT’s Rising Star first-runner up Marcus Clingaman, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, will perform. Clingaman, a wounded soldier of the Iraqi War, will perform his own country and folk songs from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Then on Saturday night, American Idol contestant Nick Lynch will light up the stage with an evening of family-friendly music. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.
Sunday’s entertainment is the Goldmine Pickers bluegrass band of Goshen from 1 to 4 p.m.
A full bar with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will be available, along with food concessions prepared by Professional Chef Brandy Z of channel 46.
Fine Art on the Farm will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time on Saturday (or until 6 p.m. if the crowd is heavy), and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Entry to the festival is $5 per person; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fine-art-on-the-farm-tickets-11259763255 or at the gate. Parking is free.
“This is something positive for New Carlisle,” Cline said. “They’ve had so much bad news lately; this is something good for them.”
Visit The Homestead 1835 online at www.homesteadevents.com for additional information, directions and other events.