Celebrate art! SOBO Arts Fest’ in Boyne City June 26 & 27

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The Arts will be celebrated in Boyne City with the 6th annual SOBO Arts Festival on June 26 and 27.

Located in historic and vibrant Boyne City, the juried festival provides high quality cultural experiences for festival patrons and attracts artists from all over the region representing all fine arts.

“With the support of our local sponsors … all festival activities are free of charge to our patrons,” said Becky Harris, festival organizer. “We are so fortunate to have the support of our community.”

The festival kicks off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday June 26, with Stroll the Streets, an event that showcases musical performances, family and children’s activities, and culminates with an outdoor concert featuring the Bay Area Big Band playing in the heart of SOBO.

The 17-member big band builds on a proud tradition of such historical names as Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller and creates an unforgettable musical experience.

According to Harris, it promises to be a great evening for dancing in the streets.

There will also be beverage tastings at Lake Street Market and a poster signing by local artist, Julie Stratton, creator of the 2015 poster.

The original framed 8 x 10 painting will be raffled off with the winner announced at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Cindi Franco’s Cool Stuff, Freshwater Gallery, Smitten Design Studio, Boyne Arts Collective and Country Now and Then until 8:45 pm Friday June 26.

Kids of all ages will be able to create a pottery bowl for “Empty Bowls” benefiting the Manna Food Project.

On Saturday June 27, activities move to nearby Veteran’s Park on the shore of Lake Charlevoix.

The festival, adjacent to the Boyne City Farmer’s Market, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where patrons can enjoy local bounty, and local and regional talent.

The Gypsy Artists’ Caravan will have its maiden voyage this year—bringing a mobile studio and entertainment stage featuring student visual and performing artists working, displaying, performing and selling their work.

A new addition to this year’s event is the En Plein Air Paint-Out.

This competition runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is designed to connect art and people to their surroundings.

Local and regional artists, as well as students, will be inspired by the beauty of historic Boyne City and pristine Lake Charlevoix.

These paintings will be for sale at a reception and exhibition at 4 p.m. at Northern Table in the SOBO Arts District of Boyne City.

The Festival will also feature the local culinary arts with food trucks, along with other food vendors.

Go to soboartsfestival.com or call the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 582-6222 or Boyne City Main Street at 582-9009 for more information.