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Columbus Arts Festival News

Form Meets Function at the Columbus Arts Festival

May 26, 2015

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio—Each year, the Columbus Arts Festival brings hundreds of artists with a variety of talents to the Columbus Riverfront. Each year brings artisans who create art you can wear and use.

Whether they create handcrafted furniture or one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing, these artists work hard to blend form and function in order to create practical pieces that allow people to integrate art into their day-to-day lives.

“Many artisans at the festival offer works of art that are as useful as they are beautiful” said Jami Goldstein, the vice president of marketing, communications & events for the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Several artists will have unique items perfect for any home. Blacksmith Anthony Arkus is returning to the festival this year to sell hand forged furniture with a sleek and elegant design. Mike Duflo, an artist who creates hardwood kitchen implements by hand, is also attending the Festival. The work of these artisans demonstrates that art belongs everywhere in the home, not just over the mantelpiece.

Some artists have a range of pieces that are functional in different ways. Thomas Gelsanliter, a ceramics artist from Michigan, will have decorative, household and wearable art. Gelsanliter makes everything from tea sets to jewelry.

Fashion savvy shoppers should be on the lookout for wearable art such as clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. Artist Patricia Disantis creates painted silk scarves using the ancient technique of water marbling. Each scarf is unique and versatile.

Those interested in handmade jewelry will have nearly 40 artists to check out at the Festival. Jeweler Amy Beeler offers fine, sterling silver jewelry inspired by nature. Beeler creates her pieces using castings of seed pods from various plants. Festival goers looking for stylish yet durable leather handbags should check out the work of Lanny Tewell.

There will even be artists offering handcrafted instruments. Seasoned musicians and novices alike should make sure to visit Bob McNally, the inventor of the Strumstick. The Strumstick is a simple instrument that is easy to learn, sounds good no matter what and is fun for all ages. McNally’s wooden Strumsticks are handmade and have a clean and timeless design.

Festival goers can visit the Artist Gallery at columbusartsfestival.org for a full list of artists including pictures of their work.

See the Festival map online at columbusartsfestival.org/festival/festival-map/

Festival Hours:  Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Festival website is optimized for mobile and smartphone viewing.

The 2015 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Worthington Industries, Express, Mayco & Buckeye Ceramic Supply, The Sheraton Columbus, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Pepsi and Kroger. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Columbus Monthly, The Columbus Dispatch, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, RBX, CD102.5, Mix 107.9, and WCBE 90.5.

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, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.