“Art on the Red,” the annual celebration of art of all types, food and live music, takes place this weekend at a new location, University Park.
For years, the event has been held in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, but safety concerns related to construction on DeMers Avenue prompted the change in location, said Ra’Chel Alexander, executive director of the Public Arts Commission.
The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
It will feature the works of artists from around the region, as well as food vendors and entertainment for the whole family, Alexander said.
Art of all types, as well as plenty of kids’ activities, abound at the festival, which draws artisans who display and sell creations in fine arts, ceramics, metal- and wood-working, glass sculpture, jewelry and other fine crafts.
More than 75 vendors are expected to participate, including many returning artists and some newcomers as well, Alexander said.
Among the live entertainment events will be an 11 a.m. Saturday performance by the Empire Theatre Company members, who will present scenes from their upcoming show, “Be More Chill,” and songs from other productions, she said.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, the North Dakota Shakespeare Company members present a full performance of “Macbeth: Unrehearsed.”
On Sunday, the “Raise Your Mic” event, presented by Leighton Broadcasting, will feature performances by local musicians. Heartland Chevy and Rydell Cars are sponsoring this event, Alexander said.
Food vendors will include the New Flavors Food Truck, Ground Round, Uffda Tacos, BZ Concessions, Blondi’s Lemonade and others.
The University Park location poses some benefits for attendees and vendors alike, Alexanders said. “The location will be perfect. The park is nice and shady. And because it’s not on the river, it won’t be as windy.”
The absence of concrete, which covers most surfaces downtown, also will be a plus, she said. “It’s about 20 degrees hotter on concrete than lawn.”
The new venue also offers a “splash pad” and playground where five inflatables, including a bouncy house and obstacles course, will be set up for kids to enjoy.
“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about the location,” Alexander said. “It will be cooler for the elderly, kids and vendors. If the attendance numbers are good, I could see it being held there in the future.”
“Art on the Red,” formerly the Grand Cities Art Fest, is planned and organized by the Public Arts Commission.
The PAC also organizes and executes the Art and Wine Walk. PAC board members are Mike Kuntz, chairperson; Dr. Ann Brown, vice chairperson; Barry Wilfahrt, treasurer; Bruce Gjovig; Curt Kreun; Bill Palmiscno; Sally Opp Miskavige; Bryan Hoime; and Janice Hoffarth.
For more information, go to www.publicartnd.org.