The Porch visits Norman ahead of the Fair Arts Festival in May

After 50 years of being part of the Norman community, the May Fair Arts Festival returns to Campus Corner this weekend with arts and entertainment for all ages.

The festival will feature art from local artists, and News 9’s Coca Cola Southwest Beverages Porch traveled to Norman to see what this year’s festival brings.

One of the artists featured, Tim Kenney, is an abstract impressionist whose subject matter is largely from the American West.

“This is my 13th year at Mayfair and I have been an artist for 16 years,” Kenney said. “I paint a lot in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, where my son lives.

Kenney said the inspiration for his work comes from photos he takes during his trips to the areas.

“I have galleries in Colorado, New Mexico, Alabama, Norman, Oklahoma City,” Kenney said. “I’m a local artist… a lot of people here in Normandy like to buy local art.”

The festival is organized to raise money for the Assistance League of Norman, which works to clothe underprivileged children in Little Ax and Norman Public Schools.

“Streets are blocked off and we have over 50 vendors here with art,” said Maureen Crook, newly elected president of the Assistance League. “We have a blacksmith, we have glass artists, we have oil paintings like Tim’s and more.”

Crook said in addition to art, there will be pottery and jewelry, as well as several nonprofit organizations that will share their works and promote their efforts to make the Norman community a better place.