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I have worked for Graphic Chemical & Ink Company since 1968 - with a brief hiatus(almost 4 years) to travel the World courtesy of my uncle. Sadly it turns out it was my Uncle Sam, and I wasn't too thrilled about the places that he chose to send me. My wife and I have run Graphic Chemical for many years, and have enjoyed the travel that comes with the position. We get to meet our customers (and the occasional vendor) from all over the World

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


As a public service - and a great way to add a blog post, I have added here the listing of art fairs held in the Midwest during the month of June. This list is courtesy of Visit their website to get more information on shows outside of the Midwest, or shows later (or earlier) in the year.

June 4-6*
Prairie Village, KS

Prairie Village Art Fair
100 Exhibitors
For more info:

June 4-6*
Edina, MN
Edina Art Fair
50th & France
Presented by 50th & France Assn.
400 Exhibitors
For more info:

June 5*
Liberty, MO
Liberty Arts Squared - new event!
Historic Liberty Downtown Square
100 Exhibitors
Expect visual fine arts and crafts, literary, performing, children’s interactive arts) as well as two stages

June 5 & 6*
Omaha, NE
Countryside Village Art Fair
SaturdaySalina_2, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
140 Exhibitors

June 5 & 6*
Junction City, IL

Junction City Art Fair
Junction City Shopping Center
10 am to 4 pm
65 Exhibitors

June 5 & 6*
Columbia, MO

Art in the Park
Stephens Lake Park
105 Artists
Sponsored by the Columbia Art League
For more info:

June 10-13* Salina, KS
Smoky Hill River Festival
A nationally award winning Arts Festival sponsored by the Salina Arts & Humanities Commission.

What you will find:

  • Four Rivers Craft Market Show, June 11-13 (50 Artists)
  • The Fine Art/Fine Craft Show, June 12 & 13 (90 Artists)
  • Commissioned large-scale art installations throughout the Festival grounds
  • Entertainment from the finest in the region, nation, and beyond
  • Four stages including a Children’s Stage and Storytellers Stage

For more info:

June 11-13*
St. Louis, MO

Central West End Art & Taste Fest
For more info:

June 11-13*
Peculiar, MO

Clara Brierly Festival of the Arts
Sponsored by the Downtown Peculiar Arts & Culture District
35 artists
A Chautauqua-type event that focuses on all art forms as well as art workshops and demonstrations.

June 11-13*
St. Louis, MO

Festival of Arts at Westport Plaza
100 Exhibitors


June 12 & 13*
Racine, WI

Monument Square Art Fair on the Lake
Racine Civic Centre Festival Park
Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm
120 Exhibitors

June 12 & 13*
Indianapolis, IN

Talbot Street Art Fair
on Talbot Street, downtown
250 Exhibitors

June 18-20*
Leawood, KS

Town Art Show
Town Center Plaza, 119th and Roe

Fri. 1-8 pm; Sat. 10-8; Sun. 11-5
For more info:

June 18-20*
Milwaukee, WI

Lakefront Festival of the Arts
Milwaukee Art Museum grounds

170 Exhibitors

June 19 & 20*

Stone Arch Festival
Minneapolis Riverfront
250 Exhibitors
For more info:

June 19 & 20*
South Bend, IN

Leeper Park Art Festival
200 Exhibitors

June 20*
Burlington, IA

Snake Alley Art Fair
Presented by the Art Guild of Burlington
100 exhibitors

June 25-27*
Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Arts Festival
Western Gateway Park, downtown
Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
185 Exhibitors

For more info:

June 25-27*
Omaha, NE
Omaha Summer Arts Festival
Gene Leahy Mall, Downtown
10th to 15th on Farnam Street
135 Exhibitors

Artists' Market: Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to browse and buy the beautiful artwork of 135 juried artists from across the country. Selected from among hundreds of applicants the artists represent over twenty states in the U.S.

World Music Pavilion Stage
: Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.The musical presentations will entertain visitors of all ages in a fun, comfortable and convenient atmosphere on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Renowned artists and a wide range of musical genres including blues, jazz, Latin, folk, acoustic and many more concerts with broad appeal.

Children's Fair & Family Stage: Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Families and children will discover a world of art at the Children's Fair. Presented at the heart of the Festival, the Children's Fair will offer dozens of hands-on activities and art projects for children ages three to 10. Don't miss the TasteFest and Festival Cafes where visitors can sit and relax in the shade and enjoy some of the Festival's healthier food options or try the traditional Festival fare.

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June 25-27*
Quincy, IL

Midsummer Arts Faire
Washington Park in historic Quincy Business District
Friday 5 pm to 9 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 11 am to 4 pm
50 Exhibitors
For more info:

June 26 & 27*
Des Moines, IA

ArtFest Midwest 'The Other Art Show'
Iowa State Fairgrounds (primarily indoors), Varied Industries Building
presented by Stookey Companies
235 artists
For more info:

June 26 & 27*
Duluth, MN

40th annual Park Point Art Fair
Park Point Recreation Area
10 am to 5 pm
120 Exhibitors

June 26 & 27*
Ft. Wayne, IN

Covington Art Fair
at the Covington Shopping Plaza
75 Exhibitors

June 26 & 27*
Bartlett, IL
Bartlett Festival of the Art
Bartlett Park
10 am to 5 pm daily


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