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August 12, 2014

Art & Apples Festival to open with Charity Preview Party

By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer

ROCHESTER — The 49th annual Art & Apples Festival — put on by the Paint Creek Center for the Arts — is still a few weeks away, but the center is giving the public a chance to get a sneak peek into this year’s festival with a kickoff charity event.

The 2014 Art & Apples Festival Charity Preview Party, which is open to the public, will be held 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Dillman & Upton, 607 Woodward Ave. in Rochester.

The Charity Preview Party is a chance to start the festival weekend early, according to PCCA Executive Director Tami Salisbury.

“Select artists will have their work featured there, so we will be showcasing some of the art that will be in the festival, and we’ll have live entertainment by Single Shot Steve Flagg,” she said.

A new element of the party this year, according to PCCA board member Lynn Marie Oates, is a taste of the festival.

“We have some of our food vendors who are going to be doing some sampling, so that will be an interesting pull for people,” she said. “We will also have wine from Fieldstone Winery and beer from the Rochester Mills, so there is great support from our in-town businesses, as well. It’s an all around great event for a fabulous festival and is just plain fun.”

Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased by Aug. 29 at www.pccart.org. All proceeds from the event, as well as the festival, support the PCCA.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds support the art and activities that we put on here. So that’s our exhibitions — we showcase the work of Michigan artists here — it’s the art market, where we, again, showcase the work of artists who sell their goods in our first floor when you walk in the center. Additionally, it supports the art classes that we provide here and the supplies that are necessary for those classes,” Salisbury said.

She explained that the proceeds from the kickoff party, as well as the festival, will support upcoming improvements to the Paint Creek Center for the Arts campus.

“Our hope is to build a parking lot and to make some interior and exterior improvements to the building, so all these proceeds are used toward these events,” she said.

The Art & Apples Festival, which is ranked 13th in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, will be held Sept. 5-7 in Rochester Municipal Park in downtown Rochester. For more information about the Art & Apples Festival, call (248) 651-4110 or visit www.ArtandApples.com.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.