Local art will be in the spotlight around Port Clinton this summer, and featured this week will be the popular Port Clinton Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. After being put on hold in 2020 because of Covid-19, the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) has moved the much-anticipated festival to Waterworks Park in downtown Port Clinton to accommodate the crowds.
Waterworks Park will be sporting a wide variety of tents featuring local and regional artists selling paintings, pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, fiber art and decorative craft items. The Port Clinton Rotary Fish Wagon will be selling its amazing yellow perch sandwiches.
The Art Walks this summer have been expanded to the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July and August, including the Art Walk this evening around downtown Port Clinton from 5-8 p.m. The inaugural Art Walk this summer attracted 35 artists, according to the sponsoring Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.
Enhancing the appeal of the Art Walks in downtown Port Clinton is the MOM Entertainment Stage on Madison Street. It is featuring big name bands each Thursday evening at 8 p.m., with Corduroy Road in the spotlight tonight.
The GPCAAC is also debuting its Classes for Creative Kids at its unique new The Arts Garage (TAG) in downtown Port Clinton at 317 W. Perry St. It will begin its first season on Thursday, June 17 with its Mad Hatter Tea Party from 10 a.m. to noon for kids 5-8 years old. An adult Tea Party will be held at TAG from 3-5 p.m.
The class is free for Ottawa County kids, with a $20 fee for nonresidents and companions. The afternoon tea for adults is $35. The class limit is 15 kids for the morning class and 25 adults at the afternoon tea.
The TAG facility will also be open during all of the Art Walks being held in Port Clinton through Aug. 26.
Kids classes also being held in June include Master Class: Hip Hop on June 21-24 from 1-3 p.m. for teens; and Flip Those Fairy Tales on June 21-25 from 1-3 p.m. for kids 7-10 years old. Adult classes will be held in late June. To register visit ottawacountyarts.com.