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Spring Into Art Returns to Coppes Commons in Nappanee

by Jessica Flores on April 17, 2015

Think outside the canvas when you step into this year’s annual SIA art fair at Coppes Commons.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Nappanee Public Library, this full-immersion art experience has been bringing established artists and emerging talent to Nappanee since 1996. Over 40 artists and fine artisans will offer a variety of media for saleApril 17th and 18th at Coppes Commons (401 E. Market Street, Nappanee).  Choose from traditional oil paintings and functional pottery to modern macramé and steam punk sculpture, dramatic nature photography, assemblage, automotive art, upcycled jewelry, lamp-worked beads and much more.

Formerly known as Spring Into Art, the event is more than your customary art fair.  The indoor venue offers guests free admission, a variety of free high-quality workshops by participating artists, live demonstrations and activities for kids.  It all happens in the restored, yet beautifully-rustic spaces of the Coppes furniture factory just blocks from downtown Nappanee.

 “We are thrilled to be working with Coppes Commons again this year.  The growing facility is a great fit for us, as we have added even more artists to the roster this year and an additional 2000 square feet of space.  The complex offers an attractive space to showcase the work of our artists and a convenient place for our guests to shop and learn,” said coordinator, Jessica Flores. “With the added benefit of Coppes retailers and amenities, guests will find it easy to spend the entire day at the event on Saturday or enjoy an evening out with friends on Friday.”

Free hands-on workshops this year include instruction with experienced artists in bracelet making, polymer clay sculpture, clay buttons, comic book creation, floral hair pins, drawing, dream catchers, button rings and arm knitting.  Registration will be taken at the venue beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th.  A full workshop schedule and participation information are available at

Additional attractions on Saturday include a cooking demonstration featuring springtime produce with Edible Michiana Magazine at 1:00 p.m., face painting for kids from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., a kids’ shopping area with pint-sized price points, and several walk-in, make-and-take art projects.

Open hours for the public are Friday, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Admission and parking are free.  For a minimum pledge of $25 to either purchase artwork during the show or give as a gift in support of the program, guests get the chance to attend a special Purchase Award Sponsor Preview Reception on Fridayfrom 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

            The purpose of Spring Into Art is to support the arts, to promote artists, and to benefit the Friends of the Nappanee Public Library and the Nappanee Public Library Foundation.  Funds are used throughout the year to bring the community enriching, educational and entertaining programs.

For more information or to become a Purchase Award Sponsor, call (574)773-7919, go to, or become a fan on Facebook by searching “Spring Into Art.”


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