Boyne Falls artist featured in Ann Arbor

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

An artist from Boyne Falls has been chosen to be featured at the 55th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair from July 16 through July 19.
Vincent Pernicano, who specalizes in creating media art and jewelry, will be one of a variety of artists offering pieces ranging from paintings, drawings, glass sculptures and mixed media, to jewelry.
“I look forward to Ann Arbor. I’ve been doing it a long time and it’s hard but fun to do,” he said. “The only advice I can give (to aspiring artists) is to be tenacious and stick with it. It takes time sometimes to establish yourself and to find your niche and what you like to do the best—eventually if you do that you’ll find success as an artist.”
Pernicano has participated in 20 to 24 art fairs a year, and works as a full time artist since 1974.
“I’ve always enjoyed drawing, working with paintings and making things,” said Pernicano. “I think I first noticed that when I was in grade school. Eventually I just thought I would like to do that full time.”
Returning to the Ann Arbor area for over 50 years, the fair was created to accommodate a fun competition between the returning artists.
This year over 500,000 people are expected to inspect the original pieces.
“Art is the number one focus of the Fair,” said Maggie Ladd, Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair. “Also of interest to the audience is the variety of live performance found on the three stages, childrens’ activities and of course people watching.”
Ann Arbor Art Fair spokeswoman Karen Delhey said the  streets of Ann Arbor will essentially transform into a playground for art lovers.
She added, “This year’s fair will offer a unique mix of some of the best art from around the world, with many favorite returning artists, as well as a number of new artists who will make their debut.”