Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lighthouse Art Festival returns to Fairport

The Fairport Harbor Lighthouse and Marine will be hosting a special event on September 10 and 11.  Returning for a third season is the annual lighthouse art festival.  Taking place the same weekend as the Lake County Perchfest ( on the Metroparks Lakefront Beach just at the base of the lighthouse reservation), visitors may climb the lighthouse tower for a scenic view of Lake Erie, experience the artifacts in the keeper's dwelling museum, or view and purchase gallery quality collections of maritime art pieces.

Noted Great Lakes artist Bill Csatary will be on site Saturday, September 10th to sign his collection of prints, lithographs, and maritime themed pieces.  His portraits, oils, watercolors, and acrylics have been highlighted in many area shows.  Bill Csatary is a graduate of Cleveland's West High School,  a US Army veteran, and a retired science educator from the Parma Schools.  His artistic talents began as a hobby and evolved into well received art shows.  His gallery quality collection includes new pieces and all items will be on sale at the Fairport Harbor Marine Museum.

Visitors to the Perchfest will find new t-shirts featuring the Bill Csatary print of the Fairport Lighthouse with a caption of "Come for the fish-Come for the fun."  The Lighthouse and Marine Museum will have extended hours during the Perchfest weekend, noon to 7pm both days.  The Lighthouse Art Festival is free.  A small admission fee is charged to climb the tower.  Fees collected are used for tower and keeper dwelling restorations.  Volunteers of the Fairport Harbor Historical Society maintain the lighthouse properties and will be onsite to share the history of Fairport's iconic light.

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