Mulvane Art Fair Begins With Excited Artists

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Every year the Mulvane Mountain-Plains Art Fair is a success and the 2013 year was not any different.

13 News spoke to a few of the artists showcasing their goods as the fair kicked off Saturday morning.

As soon as the gates opened, the Washburn University campus was flooded with art lovers and more than 90 vendors hoping to share their work.

Chair of the 2013 fair Carrie Riordan said the variety of work is what keeps families coming back each year.

"There is something for everyone here," Riordan said. "There is so much art. Just about every type of art is represented here and it's just wonderful."

Ruth Peer came to the fair for the first time from Newton, Kansas. She said she heard good things about it and the experience so far has lived up to her expectations.

"It's fun. We enjoy it and we enjoy the people who come look at art and appreciate it."

Eric Abraham has shown his mixed-media art for 13 years now and values the one-on-one interactions he has with people who like his creations.

"You get instant feedback," Abraham said, "you get people saying comments. I get a lot of ideas of things to make too."

Kari Heybrock comes from Kansas City each year and has established a fun clientele, which is ideal for an artist.

"They come to shop. Hands-down they love the artists and they love to collect and I think it's fabulous," she said.

Carrie said the public will especially enjoy this year's selection of art.

"We feel very fortunate to have such a supportive community for the arts in Topeka."

Whether it's textiles, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, or iron work, the artists want one thing.

"We hope they'll have fun with it and smile everytime they look at it!" Peer said.

The Mulvane Mountain-Plains Art Fair runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to art, there is food, beverages and music, and also art activities for children.

All proceeds go toward the Mulvane Art Museum education programs.