The Beekman Street Art Fair is returning to SaratogaArtsFest for a second year, and the free, outdoor festival promises to be an even bigger family-friendly event, with more artists signing up to show their work.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Beekman Street will be closed to traffic from Grand Avenue to West Circular Street, and 45 local and regional artists will be set up in small white tents along the street, says Cecilia Lockwood, co-owner of The Textile Studio and manager of the Art Fair.
“We had a wonderful day. It brought out a really good crowd,” Lockwood said of last year’s debut event, with 30 artists in attendance.
From noon to 5 p.m., visitors will be entertained with live performances under a big tent. Saratoga Children’s Theatre will host an open mic event for children and teens followed by music by Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers and New Orleans’ Own Hot 8 Brass Band.
There will be street performers, including stilt-walkers, jugglers, balloon artists and face-painters, and food trucks will line up on Oak Street, offering snacks and beverages.
This year’s SaratogaArtsFest also will feature three special art exhibits.
On Saturday, “The Stable Environment . . . 150 Years and Counting,” an exhibit by Bob Ewell and Tom Myott, will open at the Saratoga Springs Visitors Center on Broadway.
You’ll see 35 watercolor paintings of the quieter side of horse-racing by Ewell, who at age 81 has been hanging out at Saratoga Race Course for more than 60 years, when he was a boy growing up in the neighborhood.
A Glens Falls equine artist, Myott will show six of his large vibrant paintings of thoroughbreds in action. Today and Friday, he’ll also do live painting demonstrations at Saratoga Olive Oil Co., a shop on Broadway.
For the seventh year, SaratogaArtsFest has set up a juried show in its headquarters, and for the second year, that gallery is at 43 Van Dam St. This year’s artists are Heidi Lanino Bilezikian, Jack Metzger, L.P. Pacilio, Moshgan Rozania and Takeyce Walter.
The third special exhibit is the fourth annual Saratoga Springs City School District Student Art Exhibition. This year, you’ll find the juried show in the Case Center at Skidmore College.
During the four days of ArtsFest, other artists will be doing demonstrations around town.
There will be glass-blowing at Gary Zack Studios and jewelry-making by Nicole LaFayette at Lafayette Jewelry Designs on Beekman Street. At Symmetry Gallery, artists Dianne Zack and Kristen Barrow will show how they use blowtorches to turn colored glass rods into beautiful beads.
Admission to all exhibits and demonstrations is free.
With an ARTSPASS, admission is free at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, National Museum of Racing and National Museum of Dance. Saratoga Springs History Museum, Saratoga Automobile Museum and Children’s Museum at Saratoga are offering admission discounts with an ARTSPASS.
Other art events and information:
u Artist Francelise Dawkins is doing a “Community Mobile,” inviting everyone to make a leaf and add it to an outdoor sculpture in front of her Feenex Boutique and Gallery on Beekman Street.
u Red is the color of the 2013 ArtsPass, a small handmade ceramic tile that can be worn as a necklace during the event.
u Missing from this year’s schedule is Trashion, the high school fashion show that made three annual appearances.
Reach Gazette reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197 or email@example.com.