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Columbus Arts Festival News

There’s So Much to Do at the Columbus Arts Festival

May 13, 2015

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

Watch art happen live with Italian Street Painting.

Watch art happen live with Piada Italian Street Painting.

Columbus, Ohio —With more than 300 exhibiting artists at the Columbus Arts Festival, there is certainly plenty to see June 12-14, but there is also plenty to do at the Festival, which offers interactive opportunities for people of all ages and skill-sets to create, observe, celebrate and learn.

Hands On Art Activities:  Always a popular attraction, the Festival’s hands-on activity area in the Huntington Local Arts Pavilion (located at the English Plaza on the river side of COSI)  has even more going on this year.

Staffed by volunteers from 20 local organizations from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. activities range from glass bead sculpting and ceramic painting to face painting and a soccer challenge with the Crew. With representatives from Shadowbox Live, Mayco and Buckeye Ceramics, The Columbus Zoo, and Traxler Custom Printing there are activities to fit a wide range of interests and ages.

Sign Your Art Project:  A first of its kind street art project, Sign Your Art engages local artists and members of the public to create unique art that, pending approval by the Columbus Public Art Commission, will be installed across the entire city in the summer of 2015.

Come “sign your art” at the Community Art Project tent on Civic Center just north of the Rich Street Bridge. With assistance from local artists and volunteers, you’ll get to express yourself on 6″x 8″ wood tiles that will be installed in groups of five on street signs in strategic locations across the city to spell out the word “ART” on a Google Pin Map of Columbus. Approximately 300 of the tiles painted at the Festival will be used in the project. Participants will be notified after the Festival if their tile was selected for installation.

Six in the City: Based on Larry Smith’s Six Word Memoir Project, Festival patrons will be invited to create a six-word memoir about what Cbus means to them. With support from Express, this interactive effort will kick off a yearlong project and include a 30′ wide photo gallery that will be filled during the Festival with black and white portraits of Festival patrons and their Six Word Memoirs about Columbus. A photographer will be on hand to fill the gallery with portraits that will create a lasting display of images and stories.

Big Local Art Tent: Also part of the Huntington Local Arts Pavilion, the Big Local Art Tent is where arts groups and collectives from all over the capital city come together to create an unique immersive experience.

Visitors will see how “makers” make with art demonstrations from local artists including Yasuko Jameson (jewelry/kanji), Kevin Russell (pottery throwing), Devon Palmer (lathe/pen turning), Mike Siculan (marionettes) and Eric Shook (chainmaille/ wire sculpture).

There are also a make-and-take projects that teach participants a new skill, and send them home with an original piece of artwork.

Art lovers of all ages will enjoy a wide array of art and crafts for sale in the large art gallery and can meet and mingle local artists from these participating groups and collectives:  400 West Rich, Art Party Columbus, Cap City Creatives, Clintonville Arts Guild, Columbus Handmade, Crafty Cotillion, Delaware Artist’s Guild, Mid-Ohio Fine Art Society, MINT, Mother Artists at Work, and ROY G BIV Gallery.

Children’s Gallery: Kids visiting the Huntington Pavilion will love the chance to play art collector in the Children’s Gallery. On Saturday and Sunday children ages 12 and younger are invited to experience our unique kid-sized gallery—located near the Hands-On Art Activities—with artwork donated by exhibiting artists. Each piece is priced at $5 and under.

Italian Street Painting: More than 10 artists will participate and compete in the festival’s second-annual Italian Street Painting event. Festival goers can watch live, cheer on and take pictures as local artists use chalk to transform the pavement into masterpieces on the west side of the river, on Washington Blvd. The finished pieces will be juried and the winners will receive cash prizes.

Art Shark:  Always on the move the beloved mascot of the Columbus Arts Festival can be found on both sides of the river. Festival goers can say hi and take a selfie with Arthur S. Hark, who can be found swimming around the Hands-On Activities Area or at the Bicentennial Park fountain.

The Selfie Station:  The Art Shark isn’t the only fun selfie opportunity. The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus  booth on Civic Center Drive, just south of the Rich Street Bridge will have a selfie station, complete with a large fan for the Beyonce photo look. This is the perfect place for festival goers to grab a photo with their favorite arts fest purchase.

The Big Brownie Camera: New this year, artist Stephen Takacs brings his Brownie In Motion Project,  a traveling art installation, portable darkroom and working camera obscura. With exterior dimensions of 5’ x 8.5’ x 7.5’, the camera is modeled after a Kodak Brownie, and large enough for visitors to step into. The Big Brownie Camera will be located near the corner of  Main and South Second streets.

Tweet and Go Seek: The Twitter game @tweetandgoseek is a lot like a scavenger hunt. Local artist and originator of the idea, Matthew Richard Barnes (aka misterbarnes) will use photos of artwork by Wild Goose Creative artists to make wood tiles that contain art on one side and a restaurant, arts organization or Columbus Arts Festival food vendor gift certificate code, or other product offer on the back. Festival goers follow @tweetandgoseek or #tweetandgoseek to get clues to the location of the tile, which, once found, can be redeemed for prizes at the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus booth on Civic Center Drive, just south of the Rich Street bridge.

Canstruction:  Festival goers can watch and cheer as eight teams from local design, construction and engineering firms build massive sculptures out of donated canned food. Once the award for best sculpture is handed out and the last guest has left the festivial, the cans will be collected and donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

This year’s competition includes teams representing AECOM; BDHP Architecture;Design Group/Gilbane; Kokosing Industrial; M+A Architects/ Schaefer/Miles McClellan Construction; NBBJ, Schooley Caldwell Associates/King Business Interior/Corna Kokosing; and Varo Engineers.

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.