'Experience the Arts' fair to be held May 11 at Carnegie Center

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Local musicians (from left) Sherri Reese, Paul Davis and Joe LaMay performed at last year's "Carnegie Experience the Arts" fair in downtown Somerset last year. Come hear their music again next weekend, May 11, for the second edition of the arts fair. 

Experience fun. Experience downtown Somerset. Experience the arts.

The second-annual Carnegie Experience the Arts fair is coming next Saturday, May 11, and bringing with it plenty of things to see, do, hear, and -- thanks to a little bit of serendipity -- eat.

"It's always good to have the Carnegie be part of the community," said event chair Dianna Mitchell, who operates Clay Hill Art Studio in the Carnegie Community Arts Center, located on North Main Street in Somerset, in the former library building.

The event will bring together different elements of what the Carnegie offers -- music, visual arts, and more -- for an all-around experience that will be made even better by the fact that it will be going on at the same time as the Foodstock food truck festival downtown.

"We'll have tents and tables," said Mitchell. "Come relax, get stuff from the food truck, and then go over and listen to the music at the art fair."

The art fair will feature 30 diffeerent vendors, dealing in pottery, acrylics, woodcraft, jewelry, quilting, and more.

Additionally, the line-up has six musical acts scheduled, including Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese, who host the monthly 3rd Friday Folk coffeehouse there at the Carnegie. They'll be joined by Sammie and Dan Suggitt, Donovan Howard, Merita Thompson and Perry Good, and Doug Rogers and Teresa York.

The Southwestern High School band will also be playing music and will have a bake sale to raise money at the event.

The International Paranormal Museum will be open that day for people to explore, and there will be a children's sidewalk art contest from 11 a.m. until judging at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for different age brackets -- 5 to 8, 9 to 11, and 12 to 14.

"You're never too young to start expressing yourself, and for a lot of us, sidewalk chalk is where we begin," said Mitchell.

There will also be free face painting for children, and a free acrylic bubble art project.

Last year over 500 people attended the "Carnegie Experience the Arts" fair. Mitchell thinks next weekend's edition can be even more successful.

"I think this year proves to be much more, much bigger just because there's so much going on downtown," she said. "It's a great way for people to fcome out and take a look at the Carnegie. The building is over 100 years old, it's worth it just to come and look at the building."

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