Local artists celebrate the return of the art fair to the square


MADISON (WKOW) — For the 63rd year, Art Fair on the Square returned to Madison’s Capitol Square on Saturday.

Lilada Gee was one of more than 500 artists exhibiting their work, and the Madison native said it meant a lot to be a part of the event.

“I have been here all the time,” she said. “I’ve rarely seen a black artist here, so I’m really happy to be here for the first year, and I hope it’s not my last year. I think it’s really important. saw good answers from everyone, but mostly young girls of color. “

The art fair attracts nearly 200,000 people to the square every year. The 2021 event was originally scheduled to take place on the second weekend of July. However, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art postponed it “out of an excess of caution”.

Gee said she was happy to be able to talk to people about art again after the pandemic canceled many similar art fairs over the past 18 months.

“Even though I did the murals on State Street, I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to people, to deal with the art, why I do it and things of that nature,” he said. she declared. “So, it was really great meeting people who saw my art or who had signs on the lawn, but we didn’t have the opportunity to have that exchange. It was wonderful today. “

The fair will end on Sunday, when artists will exhibit their works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WKOW is a proud sponsor of the event.


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