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Columbus Arts Festival Creates Arts Fest Pop-Up at Dispatch Home & Garden Show

February 12, 2018

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, will debut the first ever Arts Fest Pop-Up during the Dispatch Spring Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Pop-Up will feature 12 Columbus-based artists selling their work and doing live demonstrations on the Simple Bath Home Stage. Visitors can shop for metal sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, photography and paintings, or watch live demos in stained glass, torch work glass and painting, or participate in making a Matisse-a Pizza collage.

The featured artists are:

  • Diane Ackers (painting) creates expressive art that consists of objects from nature and non-objective work.
  • Patrick Durkin (mixed-media) is the inventor of Matisse-a Pizza, an all-inclusive art project. Durkin will have a participatory collage activity with Matisse-a Pizza on stage at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Brittni Hall (painting) creates oil paintings on canvas that are explorations of color and composition. She will be doing a demo of live painting on stage at 2:30 p.m.
  • Lisa Horkin (glass) creates handmade blown glass vases and bowls in various sizes, colors and patterns both functional and creative. She will demonstrate torch glass work on stage at 12:30 p.m.
  • Lab Partners (jewelry) exists at the intersection of art and science, blending the latest innovative technologies with time-honored artistic techniques to craft enduring works of beauty.
  • Megs LeVesseur (ceramics) handcrafts whimsical one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces, including the Botanical Collection, which uses traditional hand-building techniques, terra sigillata and multiple glaze layers.
  • John Noel (metal) of Noeldbout Designs makes quality Ohio-themed products that are sourced and created in Columbus. Most of his products are laser cut and made from birch.
  • Samantha Pitts (photography) is an Ohio-based photographer with an affinity for documenting her travels around the state and across the country. Finding those unique angles and small hidden details is what drives her creativity.
  • Colleen Rosshirt (stained glass) of CORO Stained Glass Studio creates beautiful, affordable, one-of-a-kind ornaments to adorn any home, office or garden space. Rosshirt will demonstrate stained glass making on stage at 1:30 p.m.
  • Jim Siemer (painting) works in watercolors that capture majestic moments for Columbus and Ohio residents. Siemer works primarily in watercolors because the medium has the special quality of enabling translucent vibrant colors to mingle within shapes conveying abstraction within form.
  • Adlai Stein (metal) has been a traditional blacksmith for over 25 years. His business, Macabee Metals, uses hammer, anvil and forge to create unique hand-forged ironwork cutlery, housewares and art. Adlai was a contestant on History Channel’s Forged in Fire.
  • Betsey Williamson (leather) is the founder of BETSON, a small studio based out of Columbus which focuses on creating quality modern leather goods. All pieces are designed, prototyped and finally crafted into handbags and accessories using carefully selected leathers from the U.S., South America and Europe. Many of the hides chosen are purchased in limited quantities and in non-traditional or unique colors and textures which are used to create one of a kind pieces that are made with love.

The Dispatch Spring Home & Garden Show will take place Feb. 17 through Feb. 25 at the Bricker and Celeste buildings at the Ohio Expo Center on the State Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. Admission for adults is $10 online and $13 at the door. Discounted tickets are available at Lowe’s.

Columbus Arts Festival Hours: Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)

To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.

The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2018 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Smart Columbus, AT&T, Bank of America, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Easton Town Center, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeters, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Nationwide, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Puffin Foundation West, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org

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