The festival will run from Sept. 13-15, from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on North Main Street in St. Charles.
This year the board received more applications from artists than ever before, "which makes for a better show," said Richard Baum, president of MOSAICS board.
The juried show includes 103 artists from 18 states and one foreign country who will sell art in 16 different media including painting, sculpture, photography and woodworking. Ten $500 prizes will be awarded over the weekend.
In a city with more than 10 annual festivals, MOSAICS is different from many in that the vendors change each year.
"We have about 30 or 40 new artists each year," Baum said. "You have to get juried into the show. As we get more and more applications, we can increase the quality of the show."
Baum also stressed that the art at MOSAICS is affordable.
"A lot of the art shows, there's some beautiful stuff but you can't afford to buy it," he said. "We want people to be able to buy it."
About 70,000 people are expected over the course of the weekend. In addition to art, visitors can sample wine, visit the children's village and listen to live music from two U.S. Airforce bands and Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats.
Two community organizations will also have participant artwork for sale at the show: Blank Canvas Studios, which offers art opportunities for people with disabilities, and Preferred Family Healthcare's Achieving Recovery Through Creativity, a program for substance-abusing adolescents.
Other event information:
- The children's village features hands-on art experiences for children and is located in the 400 block of North Main Street. The village will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
- Entertainment includes U.S. Airforce Starlifters (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Jefferson and North Main), Coyote Variety Band (7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Jefferson and North Main), Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats (12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson and North Main), Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps (2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on North Main), The Blanchette Trio (3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Washington and North Main), U.S. Airforce Hot Brass Band (6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Jefferson and North Main), Mark Biehl Group (3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Washington and North Main).
- Head to the Foundry Art Centre to check out the Mentor Me Exhibition, which displays the work of regional art teachers and students.