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It’s a bit unclear what the future holds for us in 2021. What we do know is that we all missed our traditional Labor Day Arts Festival in 2020 and seeing everyone’s happy faces! We are working hard to develop a plan for this year’s Arts Festival that is both safe and fun. As a reminder, we will not be accepting any new artist applications this year. If we are able to move forward with our traditional Festival, the 2020 artists will be invited back. Keep an eye out on social media and the City’s website for more information to come.

The annual Labor Day Arts Festival is a one-day juried arts festival that is now celebrating its 54th year and will be held on Monday, September 7, 2020. Hosted by the City of Upper Arlington, the Festival draws over 25,000 people each year and is the City’s signature event.

Located in the beautiful neighborhood setting of Northam Park, the Festival showcases the works of local, regional, and national artists working in a variety of media. A variety of activities add to the Festival’s success as a family-oriented event: an Entertainment Stage with local performers playing all day, an Art Activities Area with performances and arts/crafts activities for children and adults and a variety of refreshment booths.

Nearly 200 volunteers make this community event possible.

Festival by the numbers: 11 months to plan; 15 members of a dynamic team to coordinate; 3 jurors to choose 150 artists from some 300 applicants; 14 city departments involved in every aspect of the event; 192 volunteers and 20,000 visitors supporting the arts.


While we aren’t able to celebrate art in a normal festival fashion this year, UA Cultural Arts Division still wanted to celebrate the artists that would have been featured at this year’s Labor Day Art Festival. To still show support and appreciation, staff created a video featuring artists and their work along with a comprehensive list (viewable by category) of each artist that links to their website! These artists will be invited back to the 2021 Labor Day Arts Festival.  #altLDAF2020 focuses on how we celebrate art all year round.

Visit our YouTube playlist to watch this video and others for #altLDAF

Medium CategoryFirst NameLast NameCollaboratorBusiness NameWebsite
CeramicsAutumnAslaksonAslakson Pottery
CeramicsStanBakerHighers Pottery
CeramicsKristy JoBeber//
CeramicsToddFeazella touch of earth pottery//
CeramicsThomas and SarahGelsanliterOne Acre Ceramics//
CeramicsSamuelHitchmanSam Hitchman
CeramicsJaimeIliffJaimes Art Pottery//
CeramicsElaineLambElaine Lamb
CeramicsMegsLeVesseurMegs LeVesseur Ceramics//
CeramicsJasonParsleyParsley Pottery//
CeramicsKimberlyRorickKimberly Rorick//
CeramicsJeanneRussellJeanne Russell Studios
CeramicsAndrewWenderWender Pottery//
DigitalMichaelDexterMichael Dexter Design//
EnamelDanielMcCannDan McCann
FiberMelissaBrackenThe Happy Groundhog Studio//
FiberJennifer and EileenBuddie Olivia's
FiberMarilynFredenburgGrace Lea Designs//
FiberBeverly Hauenstein TAKE JOY!
FiberKarenMulierWhirlwind Designs//
FiberMichaelSmithMichael Smith Shibori//
FiberMaryWilliamshandwoven by mary ann
FiberRobynZindrenArtyZin Designs by Robyn
GlassSebastianColemanPatient Medicines Blown
GlassDylanEnglerEngler Glass//
GlassJanice and Rick MooreTJR Artworks//
GlassPatReedPat Reed
GlassTrishShantzMoonlight Studio//
GlassMarkWagarWagar Glass//
GlassKathrynWoodruffAll About Glass Art
JewelryPaulAlbrittonAlbritton Gallery
JewelryVictoriaAlvarezHandwrought Jewelry
JewelryMarthaBantingCrazy Bones//
JewelryPatBolgarAccessory ART//
JewelrySusieBrandSusie Brand Jewelry//
JewelryHerbBrownGolden Reign//
JewelryTreffryCaldwellPluma Jewelry//
JewelryClaudiaCarreonClaudia Carreon Designs//
JewelryHeidiClousSokava Designs LLC//
JewelryJessicaDamanSugar Mountain
JewelryJDDavisonJD ShipengroverLab
JewelryDainaDickensDna by
JewelryRenateFavourEtc Designs//
JewelryNancyFermanianThe Wrist Works//
JewelryJohnGulyasMaryann PoschPosch and Gulyas Silversmiths//
JewelryDawnHatzidakisDesigns by
JewelryJanethHemmerlingby Tabatha Hemmerling LLC//
JewelryHannahHoffmanHannah Hoffman//
JewelryGreg and BJJordanJordan Fine Art Jewelry//
JewelryAndreaKaiserGlass Sky Jewelry//
JewelryJoseph and AmyLeeMary's Designs
JewelryJanaMargesonBlack Cat
JewelryDawnMiddletonDawn's Artisan
JewelryMary Kay and JoeMooreMary Kay Originals
JewelrySarahPiercePierce Jewelry //
JewelrySonjaSheriffSonja Sheriff/Jeweler/Designer/Craftsman
LeatherCaroline and LarryClarke
LeatherKateDischLast Chance
LeatherBrendaGeigerBrenda Geiger
LeatherMichelleIshidaStarfish Earth //
LeatherMelissaOeschReImagined by
MetalDonaldPersingerClassic Copper
Mixed Media 2DTerriEilermannSpring Grove Mosaics//
Mixed Media 2DMikeGuyotStreets Art//
Mixed Media 2DBrittHallowellBritt's Fine Art//
Mixed Media 2DBillMillerSusan KelleghanDreamstrokes Art
Mixed Media 2DAndrewPaavolaOtter Be Happy Studio//
Mixed Media 2DJamiePrell MorathLoveland Arts
Mixed Media 2DPeggySchuningPeggy Schuning
Mixed Media 2DAmy & MarkThompsonAmy and Mark Thompson//
Mixed Media 2DJudiYoungWhoopdeedoodle!//
Mixed Media 3DJayAshrafiArt By Javad
Mixed Media 3DJeffBorda//
Mixed Media 3DWayne Gao & MichelleChang
Mixed Media 3DKristinMorrisK L Morris Studios//
Mixed Media 3DTerry RaySue Lazerwitz//
Mixed Media 3DRob and Tiffaney ShaverRobntiffs Designs//
Mixed Media 3DPeteSnellmanVintage Broom
Mixed Media 3DLaurie and GeraldWilhiteEvergreen Mountain
OtherAnnaFleckensteinLittle Creek
OtherLisaHaganSplendid Bee//
OtherKim and KatherineMcClellandTree of Life Art Works//
PaintingJanetAlsupJanet Alsup Oil Paintings//
PaintingDerekCollinsCollins Art Studio//
PaintingMichaelDlugoleckiMWD Gallery//
PaintingAmyHaggardThe Makist//
PaintingDeborahLinkDeborah Link Fine
PaintingLeo HongMao//
PaintingJuratePhillipsGourmet Art
PaintingSharon and BillRedingerRedinger Creations//
PaperDebraGleasonWhimsy Paper Arts
PhotographyRickBuchananRick Buchanan
PhotographyMicheleCimprichWandering Paths
PhotographyRobertCoomerRobert Coomer
PhotographyRebeccaCummingsRod McIntyreDreaming Tree Galleries//
PhotographyDavidFitzSimmonsDavid FitzSimmons//
PhotographyDanielPowersPowers Photography//
PhotographyLaneSchaferLane Schafer Photography//
PhotographyJackSchultzIntricate Imagery
PhotographyJaySnivelyJay Snively Photo Art//
PhotographyDanTyeDan Tye Photography//
PhotographyRobertWallisEclectic Images//
PhotographyJohnWellerPhotoWell Fine Art Photography by John
SculptureDonPoffDon Poff Sculptures//
WoodDeborah and PaulBahmSchoolhouse
WoodJeffreyBarberTwo Black Sheep//
WoodEdBladenCreekside Wood Designs//
WoodJerryKriderClaywood Creations//
WoodRachelMcFarlane David
WoodRobertMyrvallMajestic Moonlite Woods

Join us in a Tour des Arts as part of #altLDAF2020 on Labor Day, from 10 am-Noon. Local UA visual and performing artists will place, create, and perform art in their yards or on front porches for all to enjoy. Drive, bike, or walk the route to see Upper Arlington transformed by all of our talented artists. For more information and to view the route, see list and map.

Please remember to maintain social distancing. Most art and performances can be viewed from the street or sidewalk in front of the artist’s homes.

LDAF Invited Artists   
Sumiko Takada 2269 Woodstock RoadCeramics
JD Shipengrover and JD Davison1425 Ridgeview RoadJewlery
Vivian Ripley3867 Chiselhurst PlacePainting
Chris Leiter1740 Birchcrest RdWood
Treffry Caldwell1936 Arlington AvenueJewlery
Upper Arlington Artists
Linda Langhorst2960 Halstead RoadLive Painting and display
Robie Benve4041 Longhill RoadPainting
Justin Collamore1788 Guilford Roaden plein air Painting
Sue Minor2014 W. Chelsea RoadPainting
L.G. Weaver2708 Welsford RoadPainting
Christopher Jackson 2494 Woodstock RoadPainting
Matt and Austin Johnson1926 Elmwood AvePerforming artist - guitar
Susan Voorhees-Murphy2656 Canterbury RoadQuilts
Kate Morris1895 Suffolk RoadDisplay about making watercolors
Rebecca Kemper 2324 Swansea RoadPainting
Karen Jesko and Mindy Newman1800 Riverside DrivePainting
N. Penney Denning2041 Hythe RoadMixed Media
Ava Taylor1205 Brittany LaneMixed Media
Emily McKenna1524 Doone RoadMixed Media
Linda Bevan3115 Mount Holyoke RoadCeramics
Pamela and Julian O'Loughlin1558 Longeaton DriveLive Painting
Lynda Guenther1195 Brittany LanePainting
Art Takeover4639 Coach RoadPainted Murals
Valerie Long2585 Dorset RoadJewelry
Andi Wolfe2686 Wellesley DriveWood
Lee Ekleberry11796 Guilford RoadWatercolor

Visit our Tour des Arts Google map to view the full-sized map.

As part of #altLDAF, help us celebrate art by enjoying some fun art installations at the place LDAF calls home, Northam Park. September 4-11, head out to Northam Park to see the park transformed into a colorful space. Stroll along the new shared use path along Northam Road to enjoy the tree grove in a new fashion. Be sure to check out the Centennial Bears at the entrance to the park as well.


As part of #altLDAF, UA Cultural Arts Division is pleased to announce one last drive-in style FREE concert featuring Appalatin Friday, September 4! Join us as we celebrate an alternative Labor Day Arts Festival with this concert and other fun community activities to celebrate art in Upper Arlington. For more information, including registration for the concert.


We are so grateful to Wright-Patt Credit Union who believe in investing in the arts; their generous support makes community events like this possible. Please support those that support the arts!

2020 Festival Host & Sponsor


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