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Art Fair draws thousands to Kirklin

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LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Frankfort photographer Randy Pillion talks about his art at the Kirklin Art Fair.
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WIRE SCULPTURES: An event-goer asks Kevis Mitchell about his wire sculptures at the Kirklin Art Fair.

By Leeann Doerflein - news@ftimes.com

An estimated 2,000 browsed art and antiques Saturday in Kirklin, the town that calls itself “Clinton County’s best kept secret.”

The sixth annual Kirklin Art Fair showcased works from artists both local and from far away, drawing customers to Kirklin’s many small businesses.

Gabby Elliott, owner of 3 Stray Cats Vintage and organizer for the flea market side of the event, said there were about 30 artists featuring all manner of fine arts and several authors.

“It is always growing, we have more and more each year,” Elliott said. “A lot of them are also repeat vendors who have come back year after year, and we appreciate that.”

Frankfort photographer Randy Pillion was one artist who brought canvas prints to the Art Fair. He said this was his first time going to a festival like this, but it paid off with several sales and some special orders.

Pillion brought photographs of Clinton County landmarks and many unique shots from his travels. Whether following an unknown country road or happening upon a flag sticking out of a tree stump, Pillion lets the inspiration find him.

“We started this just to get people to Kirklin,” Elliott said. “With all the artists and artisans in our community this a great opportunity for them to show off their work.”

Not all of the artists were local; at least one came from out of state. Twisted Wire artist Kevis Mitchell of Centerville, Ohio showcased unique twisted wire sculptures that offer a twist on the traditional action figure. Custom or off the shelf, Mitchell can make a wire sculpture of everything from Marvel heroes and horror movie monsters to a quaint family portrait.

“These are more than wire sculptures, these are a piece of me,” Mitchell said of his art.

About 30 flea market vendors set up for the event and much more was available in Kirklin’s 14 antique stores. Local restaurants Bookers Bar and Grill, Greek’s Pizzeria, and Pink Spoon Café and Ice Cream also saw a boom in business.

Kirklin Main Street will continue to put on flea markets the second Saturday of each month until fall. The next flea market will take place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at Main Street and Madison Street.

Several of the monthly flea markets will feature a special event; the Aug. 10 will feature a car show, the Sept. 10 market will feature a block party and the Oct. 12 event will feature Oktoberfest. Each of these special flea markets will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information on the flea market season or to register as a vendor, call Kirklin Main Street at 317-341-4011.