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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v07n09)
40th Annual Art Fair coming May 15 - 16
by Alan Hague
posted: Apr. 30, 2010

Established in 1971, the Broad Ripple Art Fair brings together more than 225 artists from the U.S. and Canada, booths from local cultural organizations, a children's creative area, gourmet food courts, a beer and wine garden and live entertainment on four stages and the Frank M. Basile Auditorium. The largest annual fundraising event for the Indianapolis Art Center, all proceeds support Art Center programs. The 40th Broad Ripple Art Fair will take place Saturday, May 15, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center and its ARTSPARK gardens, and the North Side Optimist Opti-Park, located at 67th Street and College Avenue in the Broad Ripple Village Cultural District.
New this year, visitors to the Art Fair on Saturday may stop by the Art Center's booth in the Artist Field to receive a wristband that will allow them to return Sunday for free.
Musical performances will include Brandon Meeks Quartet, Emily Ann Thompson, Bill Price & Band, Kingly T. Reggae Band, Chris Stone Band, All City Jazz Band, Brian E. Paulson & Allen Deck, Maple Trio HipHarptet, Splinter Group, Mumbai Taxi, Craig Brenner Trio, il Troubadore, Bobbie Lancaster, BlueGrazz junction, Bill Lupkin Blues Band, The Complete Unknowns, ORI, Deuce, Bill Bailey, Moriah Music, Sally McSpadden, Ruditoonz, Steve Archbold, Express Kids, Sally McSpadden, Express Kids, India Palace Dancers, Octave Ensemble, and Shirley Judkin.
Food planned to be at the fair includes Artie Boyz Bar BQ, Broad Ripple Brewpub, Adobo Grill, Cobb's Cajun Cookin', Cocobongos, Da Blue Lagoon, Emkay Fish Concessions, Fat Dan's Chicago-Style Deli, Glodo's Original Kettle Korn, Gresham's Lemon Shake-up Stand, Jazz Kitchen, Miss Piggy's Pork Shop, Mize Concessions, Oriental Cookery, Papageorge's Greek/American, Ritter's Frozen Custard, Rene's Bakery, Shalimar Indian Restaurant, Tea Love, Victor's Grill, Yats, Arndt's Fudgery, Hubbard & Craven's Coffee Co., Ripple Bagel & Deli, Pita Pit, Scotty's Brewhouse, AWK Nuts, and Greshman's Lemon Shake Up.
How to get there? Free parking and shuttle buses will be available at Broad Ripple Park, Broad Ripple High School and Glendale Mall lot at Rural Street. Pedal & Park will provide free bike parking (donations accepted) for cyclists on the Monon Trail. Ride IndyGo to the Indianapolis Art Center. Route 18 is closest and Route 17 serves Broad Ripple with stops near the Monon Trail for multi-modal visitors. All IndyGo buses are equipped with a 2-bike bicycle rack.
Purchase discount tickets in advance through May 14, 2010, at: Indianapolis Art Center guest services, Marsh supermarkets, Select Fifth Third Bank locations, and Indianapolis Artsgarden at Circle Center Mall. Advance prices: $12 adult, $2 children ages 3-12. At the gate: $15 adult, $2 children ages 3-12.
Art Center members: $10 adults (available at the Art Center only) $2 children ages 3-12. Children under three are free.
With 20,000 visitors in 2009 and nearly 250 national and international artists, the fair needs over 400 volunteers to help make this event a success. Assignments are on a first come first serve basis. Volunteer registrations can be filled out on the volunteer website. You can browse shifts and times and sign up for as many or few as you like. Volunteers receive free admission and a free Art Fair t-shirt for volunteering.
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