“There will be something for everyone” at St. Clair’s Art Fair this weekend

Stroll through the city of St. Clair on June 29 and 30 to find art made by artists from all over Michigan and surrounding states.

Jason Stier, vice president of the St. Clair Art Association (SCAA), says SCAA volunteer members responsible for the event are especially excited about this year’s Art Fair, where 150 visual artists will display their art in Palmer Park alongside the St. Clair River.

They will show off their uniquely hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, clothing, and sculptures.

“There will be something for everyone,” Stier says.
Art displays at last years St. Clair Art Fair in Palmer Park.
The SCAA’s Alice W. Moore Center for the Arts, founded in 1971, will showcase its newly renovated space after severe storm damage last July that required the entire gallery and classrooms to be gutted down to its studs. Contractors and several volunteers worked hard to bring the center back to life, with a reopening last May just in time for the art fair. Various media will be displayed including photography, painting, pottery, jewelry, functional art, and lawn decor.

The northern corridor of Riverview Plaza will also host several children's art activities including temporary tattoos by River Rose Tattoo Parlour, and special needs-focused artwork utilizing the Braille alphabet. Kids’ activities are sponsored by Soaring Dreams, Not Just Play, and Meijer of Marysville. Other fair sponsors include LaCroix's Riverside Pub, Hamlin Pub, Towbook, Neiman's Market, Magna, and the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce. Stier says these partnerships allow SCAA to enhance the fair with live artist demonstrations, food trucks, and live music.
There will also be an interactive community art project in the center courtyard of Riverview Plaza utilizing recycled materials, with a surprise visit from Port Huron’s “Trash, the Clown,” famous for transforming garbage into public works of art.

With “Creativity, Collaboration, and Community” remaining as the SCAA’s focus over the years, Stier says this year’s fair culminates everything that brings the St. Clair community together.

“The fair is more than just a place to buy art; the art fair brings our community to life, immerses patrons in the arts, and reminds us of the importance of creative placemaking, and the ability that art has to improve the quality of our communities and lives," Stier says.

The SCAA has over 100 volunteer members and has collaborated with Friends of the St. Clair  Library creating mural projects at the St. Clair Boat Harbor and the St. Clair BMX and Skate Park. They are responsible for the creative gathering space at Bell River Park on King Road and provide rotating art exhibits throughout the year. Other major supporters of the SCAA include the Parks and Recreation Department, several local schools and businesses, and The Community Foundation.

This year’s art fair is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Palmer Park.
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Rita MacDonald is a U.S. Army veteran and a full-time registered nurse who claims that her Irish and Scottish heritage is the reason for her love of storytelling. She is the mother of two adult sons, “Gummy” to her three grandchildren, loves talking with anyone who will engage in a conversation, and “eats life with a shovel!” In addition to her work with The Keel, Rita is a contributor for the Thumbprint News, an author of three books, and writes a blog at kitchentabledevotions.com.