One of the key components to the human condition is art; it allows us to see the world in a new way and to express our feelings and our beliefs. It provides an escape and invites us to explore the deep reaches of our mind and our society. Georgia O'Keefe once said of art, "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." It is indeed an integral part of our human experience. Luckily for us, Fort Wayne offers a unique glimpse into the art world. Not only do we have countless galleries, but we are also home to many different art festivals, which allow visitors to see a variety of works and artists with ease. One of the long standing art festivals in town, the Covington Art Fair, will be celebrating its 22nd year here in town when it kicks off June 21st and 22nd. This weekend long art fair, located at 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., provides visitors with the chance to see work from over 75 different artists from around the country. Artists will have a variety of work on sale from jewelry, glass, photography, and pottery to oils, textiles, sculptures, and more. The fair is open Saturday from 10 am - 5pm and Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm and has a lot more to offer guests than just art. There will be live jazz music throughout the fair; Covington Plaza is also home to many different restaurants, which will be open to serve fair-goers. Covington Bar and Grill or Chappell's would be great for an evening meal or just a quick drink to shake off the heat. Or, if you are looking for something a little lighter Honey Baked Ham or Catablu Grille would fit the bill.
With so many options to chose from, it is easy to make vising the fair an all day event. Another unique feature about the Covington Art Fair is its selection process. Artists must apply to have a booth at the fair. Artists are required to send in photographs of their work that they think speak to the overall theme, quality, and style of their work. A panel of judges then decide which artists will be lucky enough to snag a booth at this year's fair. This ensures that only high quality art is displayed for viewers at the fair. The Covington Art Fair grows bigger and better every year, improving the quality and the quantity of its booths. It promises a variety of impressive art of all kinds, guaranteeing there will be a little something for everyone. So let out your inner art-enthusiast and bring the whole family, some sun block, and an eye for art for a great day of fun, exploration, and adventure.