Friday, August 8, 2014

Art & Apples Festival

49th Art & Apples Festival Brings Back Fan Favorites
While Welcoming New Faces

Rochester, MI, August 8, 2014 — Out with the old and in with the new.  That might be the motto for some, but at the 49th Annual Art & Apples Festival bringing back some of Metro Detroit’s most loved artists and activities is just as important as welcoming new names and faces. 

With the use of an online jurying process, Zapplication, over 200 additional applications were received this year resulting in an overwhelming one third of the artists being new to the festival.  These new artists promise to impress patrons over the course of the weekend, however the Festival will include favorite returning artists from the past 49 years, three of which are the “founders” of the Art & Apples Festival.   These “founding fathers” so to speak, include: Rick Burger, Wayne Andrews and Jim Sylvester each of who still exhibit every year. 

Between fan favorites and new faces there is sure to be something for everyone at the 49th Art & Apples Festival.  Whether it is an extraordinary new art activity, “Bling Your Board” or a returning mouthwatering pie and dessert bake-off, festival patrons will be pleased.

New to the festival this year, South Street Skateshop, a local well-established skate shop, will be an onsite presenting “Bling Your Board”, one-of-a-kind, hand-painted graffiti on blank skateboard decks.  Patrons are encouraged to purchase a $20 blank skateboard deck and let one of South Street’s highly talented artists add the bling!  But it doesn’t stop there, a live graffiti demonstration will take place Saturday from 1-3pm.  Patrons will be amazed by the creative works these artists can accomplish in mere minutes.  All proceeds benefit Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

With devoted followers clamoring to taste the thrill of victory, the eighth year annual pie and dessert contest is gearing up as Paint Creek Center for the Arts begins its search for interested bakers to submit either an apple pie or apple dessert with apples as the main ingredient.  Applications are available at www.ArtandApples.com. The non-refundable application fee is $5 and must be submitted by September 2, 2014.  Participating bakers will gather with their entries on Saturday, September 6th at 11:00am at the Art & Apples Festival where guest judges including: Oakland County Executive, L Brooks Patterson; Rochester Hills Mayor, Bryan K. Barnett; Rochester Mayor, Jeff Cuthbertson; Taryn Asher and Jason Carr from FOX2 Detroit; Miss Oakland County Teen 2014, Kristin Penrose; and Kevin Klobucar, President and CEO of Blue Care Network will be on-site to sample each pie or dessert and award first, second, and third place in each category.  Winners will be announced at approximately 12:30pm on the main stage following the judging. All proceeds benefit Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

The 49th annual Art & Apples Festival will be held in Rochester Municipal Park in Downtown Rochester September 5-7, 2014.  Parking shuttle service is available from Rochester High School at the intersection of Livernois and University to the Rochester Community House in the park. For additional information about the Art & Apples Festival, please call (248) 651-4110 or visit www.ArtandApples.com.