Local artists celebrate creation at Awake Arts Festival 2012

Admission is free to Saturday's event at Fraser River Heritage Park

Mission artists will gather for an innovative one day music/art festival Sept. 8 at Fraser River Heritage Park.

The event features top-notch musical performances from 2 p.m. until dusk, and an array of local artists will be featured including five bands, two poets, and collection of painters and visual artists. Youth Unlimited will create an interactive art piece in the park throughout the day. This year’s line-up includes many well-known local musicians including Kevin Boese, She Says Electric, The Liberty Band, Cathy AJ Hardy and Andrew Smith along with spoken word poets Natalie Wiarda with Erin Martens and Sherylynn Niezen.

Event organizer Curtis Fast says, “The purpose of this festival is to encourage local artists to create and perform or show their work to the world. Art, in its many forms, has the ability to speak to people on a different level than most of our everyday conversations.”

Heritage Park is located at 7494 Mary St., and admission is free, and parking is by donation with proceeds to Mission Special Olympics.