Forecast calls for rain to clear around time Prairie Village Art Show kicks off Friday

The Prairie Village Art Show returns this weekend to the Village Shops.
The Prairie Village Art Show returns this weekend to the Village Shops.

If the forecasts holds, Mother Nature may end up giving northeast Johnson County a respite from the seemingly never ending string of May storms just in time for one of the area’s most well-attended start-of-summer celebrations.

The Prairie Village Art Show kick off this evening at 5 p.m., just about the time scattered thundershowers in the area are currently predicted to start breaking up. While the show goes on rain or shine, organizers say they’re hoping for dry weather for the sake of the artists on the art fair circuit, who have endured difficult conditions all spring.

“[We] hope everyone comes out and supports the artists,” said Donna Potts of the Prairie Village Merchants Association. “It has been a hard spring for artists in the midwest with every weekend having rain.”

This year’s fair will feature works from 105 artists from across the country. The fair had more than 500 applications from artists hoping to show their work — the most applications ever received for the event.

Entertainment this year will include performances from the Michaels Beers Band tonight from 7-10 p.m. and Boogie Wonderland Saturday from 7-10 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a “Breakfast with the Artists” from 8:30-10:30 a.m. with pancakes from Chris Cakes.

To help patrons get in the artistic mood, Pinot’s Palette will have an area set up where people can sip wine while painting their own pictures. Food vendors will include Tavern in the Village, Minsky’s Pizza, Cafe Provence, the Blue Moose, and the Chocolate Frog Cafe, which is expected to open in the former Standees Entertaining Eatery restaurant space in June.