Downtown Bryan, Texas, will host the 5th Annual Downtown Street and Art Fair on Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014. Over the last four years, the fair has become a highly anticipated popular art festival for vendors and attendees alike. It opens at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m., with the Kids Zone open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can find the fair brightening up the 200 block of West 26th Street in Bryan, near Village Café and St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
The Downtown Street and Art Fair features local and statewide artists, and some outside Texas, along with live music and street performers. Navasota Artists in Residence Michael Villarreal of San Marcos and Gregory Darby of Denton will showcase their work and talk with visitors about the Artists in Residence Program. Festival goers will find many of their regional favorites among the artists displaying and selling their creations, including artists Hailey Herrera, Barbara West, Jennifer Christy, and Robert Ruhman.
Vendor booths will offer ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photographs, and more. The Kids Zone will host creative activities for young attendees, led by local artists including Jennifer Christy and representatives from the Purple Turtle Art Studio.
Regional musicians will perform on stage of off. The Brazos Valley Community Band, made up of volunteers who perform simply for the love of music, plays a wide variety of musical styles including patriotic, blues, jazz, and classical. ContraDiction is a small string ensemble playing toe-tapping music from bluegrass to folk to traditional. Other musical groups will perform throughout the day.
This year the Downtown Street and Art Fair coincides with Parents’ Weekend at Texas A&M University, promising a lively and enthusiastic crowd. The fair is sponsored by the Downtown Bryan Association in cooperation with the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley. The City of Bryan, Downtown Arts & Culture Committee, Downtown Bryan Association, individual merchants, and artists and artist groups—along with other groups and individuals—are working to foster creative arts in the historic section of Downtown Bryan and across the community. This fair gives residents a chance to see the creative arts blossoming around Bryan, Texas.