Art and Music at Spectrum Fest

Children’s art classes, wine and painting sessions for adults, and plenty of popular local bands highlight the sixth year of Spectrum Fest on June 4, a daylong celebration of the arts with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio.

The family friendly event has moved from Toledo to Wauseon, and organizers hope for 1,000 people to attend. 

Art has become a sizable focus for a reason. “For all children, especially for children on the spectrum, art offers a tactile learning experience which encourages individual expression, and best of all, art is the one thing you can’t mess up,” said Derek Friess, committee chair.

Good times, good music, good art

The event, in downtown Wauseon, will be centered in Sullivan’s Restaurant and the open grass lot next door. From noon until dark, local art will be on display and for sale until dark, with food available, children’s art classes from 1-6pm, and live children’s music from 2-3pm, wine and painting classes will be offered from 4-6pm and 6-8:30pm.

Live music by some of Toledo’s most popular bands will run 4-11:30pm. Friess became involved with Spectrum Fest as he has two nephews and one cousin with autism. Nationwide one out of every 68 births are touched with some form of autism, according to Friess. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both broad terms for complex brain development disorders which can create difficulty with social interaction, communication and repetitive behavior.

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio provides support, education, advocacy, and services to those affected by autism in 12 northwest Ohio counties.

“This (event) has been challenging expanding into the art show and art fair, but I’m just really excited about it,” Friess said.

Closer than you think

Don’t let the drive to Wauseon fool you. Friess, a Delta native, says it’s a mere 30 minute ride via The Ohio Turnpike.

“We’re not as far as people think,” he said. “Sullivan’s is an incredible restaurant, and I know people that make the drive for the food and great live music.”

Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 in advance. There is no additional cost for children’s art classes. Supplies will be provided. The adult painting class is $30, which includes canvas, paint, a glass of wine, and appetizers.


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