By Frederick Bader
HALSTEAD – It is one of Halstead’s most beloved festivals, and once again the Halstead Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be open for business from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Main Street from Second to Third Streets will be closed for the day and “loaded up with vendors, food and art,” organizer Paula Burke said. There will be also be a kids’ zone, where children can be left to themselves with arts and crafts.
High school students from around the area will compete in an art competition in order to win a $250 scholarship from Roy E. Meyer. Students will compete in painting, charcoal/pastel, sculpture/ceramics, pen and ink, mixed media, computer or graphic design, and graphite categories. Students may also have art for sale.
There will be many demonstrations, largely targeted at high school students, though the public is welcome to watch. These include mosaic, spray paint and the ancient art of gyotaku, or fish-rubbing.
The Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be much the same as it has been in the past, but with a few differences to keep things interesting for fine arts veterans. “The biggest difference is that the quilt show is now a fiber arts show. We wanted to broaden things out,” Burke said. “Also, for the last 10 or 15 years, we’ve been at the high school. We moved last year to Main Street and it’s been great.”
The theme this year is the 1920s and 1930s, and local businesses have been encouraged to decorate their buildings based on how they would have looked during that time period.
With the change to the Fiber Arts Show and the vibrancy of the new Main Street location, this may be the best Fine Arts and Crafts Festival yet.
“I feel like this is going to be a really great one,” Burke said. “We’re looking forward to it.”