One of my favorite Saturdays in August is Art Fair on the Square.

It’s when juried artists near and far show and sell their art on the Historic Hamilton County Courthouse Square.

There is always lots of taken in at the Art Fair.

It’s a good event to see lots of artists in one place. Rodney Reveal, Roseanne Cowell, Thomas Hill and Michael Janosky as well as several other artists, including many from across the state, will show and sell their work.

The Art Fair on the Square is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

There are 33 juried artists featuring oils, watercolor, pastels, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, stained glass and photography.

“There are several painters in this show, making it a little unusual,” said veteran artist Stephen Edwards of Sheridan, who is this year’s show chairman and a watercolor artist, who will lead a watercolor workshop Sept. 20-21.

This year, although the Art Fair hasn’t grown, “the jurying into the show has been very selective as to bring the best artists and craftsmen to Noblesville this weekend,” Edwards said.

In years past, Kay Richards was both HCAA president and show chairman, doing a great job in that role, I’m told. This year, Edwards volunteered to take on the task of chairman to spread the workload of HCCA.

The HCCA tent will feature several HCAA artists on the northwest corner of Logan and Eighth streets. Nickel Plate Arts will have a booth as well, on the sidewalk to the Courthouse.

In November, Sue Payne of Fishers was voted in as the new president of HCAA, which welcomes the public to its monthly meetings, the next gathering at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at HCAA’s Birdie Gallery, 195 S. Fifth St., Noblesville.

Payne has been spinning and weaving for 40 years and was fortunate to learn the craft from “incredible weavers” at Conner Prairie, where she is a member of the textiles staff and leads the museum’s youth spinning program, in its 16th year. The Fishers resident, on Thursday, learned that she has been nominated as Arts Educator of the Year by Nickel Plate Arts (the seventh annual public gala is Sept. 18 at Milltop Banquet & Conference Center in Noblesville) for the work she does with Conner Prairie youth volunteers.

On Saturday, during the Art Fair on the Square, Payne will lead a spinning demonstration by Conner Prairie’s own youth spinners who will be competing in the Indiana State Fair Sheep to Shawl contest at 10 a.m. Aug. 18.

“As far as what’s new at the Art Fair on the Square, the HCAA tent will have an annex tent that will offer a first glimpse of the (1892) White River Monster,” Payne said. “HCAA has designed a commemorative card and kids can color him as they think a River Monster should look.”

She said, “It’s going to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so why not get out and enjoy it with HCAA’s Annual Art Fair on the Square? Take in the sunshine, shopping, beautiful art and great food around Noblesville’s lovely Courthouse Square.”


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