Evansville to host art festival

Justin Law

Every now and then, a starving artist gets his or her big break and gains a bit of recognition for his or her talents.

More than 80 local artists, from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio, are getting their chance to show their work in the 5th annual Funk in the City Spring Art Festival on April 26.

“We have two art festivals. We have one in the spring and one in the fall. The spring one is on the fifth year and the fall one is actually on the 12th year,” said Ashley Vezzoso, president of Funk in the City.

The event will be held on Haynie’s Corner Arts District is volunteer-led. It is also partnered with the Alhambra Theatre, Inc. Vezzoso said there are various mediums of artwork at the festival, such as paintings, ceramics, crochet and several others.

“It is mostly local artists. … A percentage of the sales that day go back to benefit the Alhambra Theatre,” Vezzoso said.

The Alhambra Theatre Inc. works to restore and preserve the theatre and will be open for tours that day so people can see the progress that has been made in restoring the old building.

In addition to the art, there will be food from vendors like Acropolis and Kirby’s Private Dining. The event will feature live music on the Bokeh Lounge’s back patio. Participating artists will include the Junior League of Evansville and Mamie Vanteer.

Funk in the City will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 26. Children 12 and under get in free and it costs $5 for adults and the event will take place regardless of weather.