Artpark Announces 2012 Season

May 15, 2012 Updated May 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM EDT

By WKBW News


Artpark Announces 2012 Season

May 15, 2012 Updated May 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM EDT

(WKBW release) A sure sign of summer in WNY and Southern Ontario is the annual announcement of Artpark’s highly anticipated season.

According to a news release issued Tuesday:

The popular performing and visual arts destination is offering a full menu of outdoor concerts, a dazzling Broadway Musical production, visual arts exhibits, sculpture installations, summer camps, Mainstage Theater events, and a plethora of family fun.

Artpark’s second annual FAIRY HOUSE FESTIVAL is the perfect day for families to get together and get creative. Returning on June 9 & 10 from Noon-5pm each day, the Fairy House Festival is an event filled with art activities, hundreds of Fairy Houses locally designed by schools, scout troops, and community youth groups, special dance performances, artist -created exhibit of Fairy Houses, storytelling and more magical surprises! Tickets are $5 in advance ($6 after June 1) and are on sale now.

The Fairy House Festival is sponsored by Elks Lodge #346 (Niagara Falls), and is made possible, in part, with funds from the Arts Niagara Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Tonawandas’ Council on the Arts/ Carnegie Art Center”. Artpark applauds our Festival Community Sponsors including Gorge Travel, Sunrise Door & Woodworks, D'Avolio Olive Oils & Vinegars, Supermarket Liquors & Wines, Niagara Bulk Service Ltd., Lewiston Community Lions Club, Fine Antiques, Angel to Apple, and Lewiston Web Solutions    .

Each year Artpark keeps audiences on the edge of their seats anticipating who will be headlining the FIRST NIAGARA presents TUESDAY IN THE PARK (June 19-September 4) outdoor concert series. The 12 week series features the best in classic and contemporary rock and in a new format, the Tuesday concerts will require a general admission ticket to access the newly renovated outdoor amphitheater. Tuesday concert tickets go on sale Saturday May 19 at 10am will be $5 in advance, $10 week of the concert (Sunday-Tuesday ticket purchases), with select Tuesday concerts ticketed at $10 in advance and $15 week of the concert (Sunday-Tuesday ticket purchases). Artpark will offer ‘front of stage’ priority tickets again for each concert event: $25 (standing room only). A “Season Package” will be available for $80 for all 12 Tuesday concerts and can be purchased in person or by calling the Artpark Box Office. Tuesday concert tickets will be limited, and will be available in advance at the Artpark Box Office Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, by phone at 716-754-4375 or 1-888-223-6000, and online at and Note: phone and online ticket orders are subject to $1.75 handling fee per ticket. Handling fee will be waived on tickets purchased in person at the Artpark Box Office.

First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park
All concerts are rain or shine and start at 6:30pm

June 19                  Kansas
June 26                  Foreigner
July 3                     Huey Lewis & The News
July 10                   Sublime with Rome**
July 17                   YES with very special guests Procol Harum
July 24                   Heart**
July 31                   Steve Miller Band**
August 7                Peter Frampton
August 14             Sheryl Crow**
August 21             Roger Hodgson the legendary voice of Supertramp
August 28             The Machine performs Pink Floyd
September 4        The Charlie Daniels Band

Tickets are $5 in advance/$10 week of show (Sunday-Tuesday)
**Tickets are $10 in advance/ $15 week of show (Sunday-Tuesday)

The 2012 ‘Tuesday in the Park’ events begin at 6:30 p.m.

The COORS LIGHT WEDNESDAY (June 20-August 1) will remain a free concert series and will bring a pumped up line up of reggae royalty, Canadian rockers, and jam band kings for six concert nights (No concert on July 4) in Artpark’s Outdoor Amphitheater. Artpark offers free pre-concert art activities for children each Wednesday! Although General Admission will remain free, $25 ‘front of stage’ Priority Tickets will be available for each concert in the Coors Light Wednesdays series through the Artpark Box Office and

All concerts are free and start at 6:30pm

June 20      Ziggy Marley
June 27      Tokyo Police Club
July 11        Lowest of the Low
July 18        The Trews with illScarlett
July 25        Citizen Cope
August 1     O.A.R. with Rebelution

The Outdoor Amphitheater will open to the public at 4:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday concert nights. Carry-ins and tailgating in the park are prohibited. Please visit for a directions and parking information.

Artpark’s  Mainstage Theater will host a handful of SPECIAL EVENTS starting with Sting on June 12 presented by LiveNation, progressive-metal band Dream Theater performs on June 17 presented by 103.3 The Edge and 97 Rock, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird takes the stage in a Funtime Presents Event on July 16. Visit the Artpark website for ticket information.

The newest Theater concert series in Artpark’s busy summer schedule, “SUNDAYS IN JULY” will kick off July 8 and run for four consecutive Sundays through July 29 with shows at 3pm in the Mainstage Theater. Tickets for “Sundays in July” are on sale now and are $37.00 for Prime Seating and $30.50 for Sections A & B .  Special Ticket offer: Buy a ticket to 3 shows in the “Sundays in July” series; get the 4th show for free! Ticket offer is only valid when buying tickets in person at the Artpark Box Office or over the phone. Call 716-754-9000 ext 124 for Group discount ticket information.

Sundays in July Schedule

July 8      The Four Freshmen
July 15    Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
July 22   ‘Let’s Hang On!’ – America’s #1 Frankie Valli Tribute
July 28   Toronto All Star Big Band

The ARTPARK ART GALLERY located on the Mainstage Theater plaza, will have several exhibits throughout the summer beginning with the Fairy Houses created by regional artists from June 11-29. The Fairy House Exhibit will open at the Burchfield Penney Art Center July 9 and will remain through July 22. The Artpark Artists exhibit will be featured in the gallery from July 3-July 31 and will feature pieces from contemporary visual arts staff at Artpark. The gallery will host an artist reception on July 8 (Noon-2pm). The Niagara Art Cultural Center’s (NACC) exhibit will run from August 6-September 14 and will be hosting an opening on August 9 from 5pm-7pm. The gallery will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10-4pm, July 7-28 (Saturdays)  Noon-4pm and for Mainstage Theater Events . Admission to the gallery is free. Check for event schedule.
The successful outdoor sculpture competition, EDGES III returns to the park and features seven spectacular works of art displayed throughout Artpark for public viewing. Regional artists’ works will be installed on May 27 with the winner being announced on July 8 at the Artpark Artists Reception at the Artpark Gallery. All seven works will remain on display until September 14.

It’s never too late to learn a new craft, and here is your opportunity to discover a hobby, brush up on a technique, or master a skill at Artpark’s new ADULT ART WORKSHOPS. Registration is now underway.

Artpark 2012 Adult Art Workshop Schedule

Ceramics (2-part Workshop)      Part I August 4    9am-4pm, Part II August 11 9am-12pm, Fee $75
Fused Glass                                August 11 9am-4pm, Fee $65
Metal Clay Jewelry                   August 18 9am-4pm, Fee $65

Persons at all levels of expertise may register but must be at least 18 years old. Deadline for registration is July 4, 2012. Enrollment is limited as one-on-one instruction is emphasized. Full payment is due upon registration. Lewiston residents receive 10% off on workshop fees! More information and registration forms are available online at

Don’t be late for the ball!  Artpark is proud to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “CINDERELLA” for eight enchanting performances August 9-17. The perfect summer theater outing for all ages, Artpark brings the charm of this classic fairy tale and the magical music of Rodgers & Hammerstein to life in a stage spectacular! With incredible scenery created for the New York City Opera and talented performers from all over the U.S., Artpark’s production will be directed by Randall Kramer, choreographed by Anne Beck, and musical direction by Jason Bravo.

Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on stage at Artpark

Thursday August 9         8pm
Friday August 10            8pm
Saturday August 11       8pm
Sunday August 12          2pm
Wednesday August 15  2pm
Thursday August 16       2pm & 8pm
Friday August 17             8pm

Ticket prices for Adults are $45.00, $39.50, $33.00, $25.00, and for children age 12 and under are $22.50, $19.75, $16.50, $12.50.  

A special “Royal Ticket Package” will be available for your little prince or princess! For $55 the package includes a prime seating ticket, a post show reception with cast members from the production, and royal refreshments to enjoy. The “Royal Ticket Package” is only available for Matinee performances. For details, please visit

You won’t have trouble finding something for the whole family to do this summer at Artpark. Every Saturday in July, Artpark presents FREE FAMILY SATURDAYS (July 7-July 28) offering visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy delightful live performances at 2pm and partake in a collection of art workshops under the guidance of professional artists.  Activities, including the Costume Closet, Paint Space, the pottery wheel, still-life drawing and temporary tattooing, all tailored toward a particular theme for families to enjoy together each week in the Outdoor Amphitheater. Admission and parking are free!

Free Family Saturdays

July 7     Trash Art Treasures
July 14    Rev-Art-Lution
July 21    Outdoor Art
July 28    Art Slam Café

Each summer, Artpark invites all young artists, musicians, and theater buffs to enroll in one of the venue’s week-long CAMPS (July-August) Returning camps include three week-long sessions of Art Camp, one special week of Theater Camp, Rock Camp returns for two sessions, as well as the successful Advanced Art Camp for high school students. This summer, Artpark will introduce a Celtic Music Camp for young musicians interested in learning traditional Celtic music styles. 

Artpark 2012 Camp Schedule

Art Camp                         July 9-13, July 16-20, July 30-August 3; Ages 9-14
Advanced Art Camp      August 6-10; Ages 15-17
Theater Camp                August 13-17; Ages 9-14
Rock Camp                      July 16-21; Ages 10-14
Advanced Rock Camp   July 23-28; Ages 15-18
Celtic Music Camp         August 13-18; Ages 12-18

Theater Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm, all other camps take place Monday-Friday from 9am- 4pm. Enrollment is limited as one-on-one instruction is emphasized. All Camps are $250 per session. Full payment is due upon registration. Lewiston residents receive 10% camp fees! Informational brochures and registration forms are available online at or call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375. 

Grab your chairs and flashlights and head to Artpark’s Outdoor Amphitheater on the evening of August 13th (at dusk) for the 5th annual FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: The Muppets! The whole family will love watching The Muppets latest adventure on the big Jumbotron screen under the stars.