I love art. Though I admit, in regards to technique and style, Iâ€™m not very knowledgeable. But, I have a deep appreciation for art and for those who create it. Thereâ€™s something about an artistic atmosphere, (museums, galleries, festivals) that just makes you feel good and cultured. Simply looking at a piece of art can have an effect on your mood. The mood may not be so cheery though, depending on the style, but nevertheless, art makes you think.
I had never been to the Columbus Arts festival before, and I had a great time just wandering and enjoying the sights and smells. One artist that caught my attention right away was Bill Secunda of Butler, PA. Itâ€™s hard to miss his display of giant animals made entirely of nails. His exhibit is located on Washington Ave. The picture to the right shows a bear from his collection.
The festival not only includes paintings, photos and sculptures from over 200 artists, but also food vendors and live music. During Ann Fisherâ€™s broadcast and interview with Columbus musician Arnett Howard, Howard mentioned that an art festival wouldnâ€™t be complete without music. I second this statement but also believe that food plays just as an important part. Schmidtâ€™s cream puffs and Jeniâ€™s ice cream are true examples of culinary art.
The festival offers face painting and hands on activities for kids. It is also free to attend, though you may have to pay for parking. It lasts until 10:00pm today, runs from 11:30am-10:00pm tomorrow, and then wraps up Sunday with the hours being 11:30am â€“ 6:00pm.
It was a beautiful day today and will hopefully remain nice throughout the weekend. I would highly suggest stopping by the festival, especially if you don’t have weekend plans.
-Laura Kelly (WOSU Intern)