The inaugural Meridian Summer Arts Festival is moving a popular art event outside with food, beer and wine, crafts for kiddies and a lot of artwork.
Wayne and Ellen Crans, the owners of Dead Bird Local Art and Framing, are the brains behind the Art in the Bar events held at the Knitting Factory. Now they've switched it up, making for a sort of Art in the Bar in the park. They pulled out all the stops for the Meridian festival. Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, more than 50 local artists will set up shop at Storey Park in Meridian to showcase their talents.
The festival is emphatically local—not just artistically but in every aspect. The Cactus Bar, a fixture in downtown Boise, will provide local beer and wine. Local food vendors will be on site with a variety of edible options, including slices of pizza from Pie Hole.
Instead of corralling those wishing to imbibe in a beer garden, the entire park will be fenced off for revelers to wander through the booths, beer or wine in hand.
Attendees can watch the live painting of a school bus, purchased by Brave Girls Club, and an art fair booth will provide crafts and art projects to keep small hands busy.