Laumeier Art Fair to take place this weekend

Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, will open its popular Art Fair on Mother’s Day weekend.

The three-day event, in its 27th year, will feature 150 artists, music, entertainment, hands-on art activities for children, and a wide variety of food and drink.

The Art Fair will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9, and continue through Sunday, May 11. Hours will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The 150 artists come from 34 states — from New York to Arizona and Wash-ington to Florida — and one all the way from Lisbon, Portugal. Twenty-nine artists are from Missouri, with 17 from the St. Louis area.

Artists will exhibit work for sale in 11 categories: ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography/digital, printmaking / drawing, sculpture and wood. A total of $11,000 in prizes will be awarded to those artists achieving excellence. Among the 150 artists are 13 returning award-winners.

The event will kick off Friday with Art of the Vine — a wine-tasting event for an additional $12 that will feature unlimited samples from area wineries. The Jeremiah Johnson Band will provide entertainment in the Wine Garden.

Art of the Ale, presented by Schlafly, will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday for an additional $10.

Free performances all weekend long include the Clark Academy of Irish Dance and Wack-A-Doo Saturday afternoon and the city of Sunset Hills Music Festival from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday featuring Keltic Reign, Acoustik Element and Trixie Delight.

Water Taxi and Elemental Shakedown are among the entertainment lineup for Sunday. Creation Location, a free hands-on art activity area for children, will be open during Art Fair hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the event costs $10 for ages 12 and up and $5 for children ages 6 to 11. Children under 6 and members will be admitted free. This is a rain or shine event. Pets and outside food or drink are not permitted in the park during Art Fair. Free parking is available in adjacent parking lots.

The Laumeier Art Fair is sponsored by St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department, Emerson, the city