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Since 1966, the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival has celebrated and shared the arts with the community and region within a beautiful park setting. Each year, more than 20,000 visitors flock to Northam Park on Labor Day to immerse themselves in hands-on art activities, live music, and the opportunity to explore and purchase fine art and fine craft work from some 150 artists working in a variety of media including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculptures and mixed media.

The Festival is made possible through the hard work of City Staff, a dedicated Coordinating Committee, a cadre of some 100 community volunteers, and the financial and in-kind support of our event sponsors.

2021 Festival Guide and Map (subject to change).

2022 Festival Date and hours:
Monday, September 5 | 10 am – 4 pm

Northam Park | 2070 Northam Road

Shuttles: Park at the Wellington School (3650 Reed Road) and hop on a shuttle for a smooth ride to festival. 38 passenger busses will be running about every 15 minutes. Drop-off/pick-up at Festival is located on Tremont Road at the end of the History Walk, leading into Northam Park. This is a free service.

Bike: The best way to get to Festival! Free bike valet service offered for your convenience. Bike valet located in the southeast corner of Northam Park.

Drop-Off: Corner of Northam and Andover roads or corner of Northam and Tremont roads.

Road Closures: To insure a safe event, some roads will be closed during festival hours. Please keep in mind that the following roads will be closed the morning of and during festival hours:

  • Tremont Road between Ridgeview and Northam Road
  • Northam Road between Tremont and Andover Road.

Handicap/Accessible Parking: 2800 Tremont Road – South end of the Tremont parking lot next to the library. Please note that Tremont Road is closed during Festival. Police will be allowing vehicles with handicap placards/plates through the road closure to park in the Tremont Parking lot. If you do not have a handicap placard, please explain to the police officer at the roadblock that you have accessibility needs and need to park in the accessible parking lot and they will let your through. Shuttles are not accessible.

If you have any accessibility or special needs that we should be aware of, outside of parking, please contact us prior to Friday, September 3 at 614-583-5312 or [email protected] to discuss


120 artists, originally juried into the 2020 show, will be exhibiting in this year’s Festival. See below for the list of artists and their booth numbers!

Take a peek at the artists and artwork you might find at this year’s Festival.

Booth #MediumArtistWebsiteUA Resident/2019 Award Winner
4CeramicsPeachblow Pottery, Gail
13CeramicsKristy Jo Beber
18Ceramics Wender
23-24Ceramics Jaime's Art
47Ceramics Kimberly
65CeramicsNeal Pottery
70Ceramics Kate Lally
76Ceramics Sumiko Takadawww.studiotakada.comUA Resident
82CeramicsSam Hitchman
86-87Ceramics Parsley
95Ceramics Stan Baker A2 Pottery
99CeramicsMegs LeVesseur
103Ceramics Jeanne Russell Pottery//
121CeramicsThomas And Sarah Gelsanliter//
127Ceramics Feazell
131CeramicsMud Mothers Pottery, Elaine
92Digital DexArt Prints//
7Fiber E-Laine Design
10FiberWhirlwind Designs
21Fiber TAKE JOY!
38FiberGrace Lea Designs
90Fiber Melissa Bracken, The Happy Groundhog
105Fiber ArtyZin
112Fiber Molly
118Fiber Mary Ann Williams
59GlassMark Wagar
40GlassPat Reed
117Glass Faith Wickey//
119Glass Glass Creations By Woodruff
9JewelryPat Bolgar
14JewelryGreg and BJ Jordan
37JewelrySonja SheriffUA Resident
39JewelryJoseph Lee
46Jewelry Pluma Jewelrywww.plumajewelry.comUA Resident
54JewelryGlass Sky Jewelry//
57JewelryDawn's Artisan
67Jewelry Susie Brand
75JewelryBlack Cat
77JewelrySokava Designs
80JewelryLab Partners Jewelry// Resident
83JewelryPierce Jewelry//
91JewelryVictoria Alvarez
93JewelryValerie Long Jewelry
96JewelryRenate Favour//
104Jewelryby Tabatha Hemmerling, LLCwww.bytabathahemmerling.com2019 Second Place Award
113JewelryAndrea R Yagoda,
124JewelryMary Kay Originals
125JewelryVintage Vamp
22LeatherLast Chance Leather
108Leather Larry & Caroline Clarke
110Leather Michelle
11-12MetalDon Persinger
44MetalDallas Galbraith
15Mixed Media Kristin
20Mixed Media Spring Grove Mosaics//
43Mixed Media Peggy Schuning
50Mixed Media Otter Be Happy
56Mixed Media Robntiffs
64Mixed Media Amy & Mark Thompsonglassandwoodworks.com2019 First Place Award
66Mixed Media Dreamstrokes Art
69Mixed Media Little Creek
71Mixed Media Britt
74Mixed Media Bills & Gills, Sue Lazerwitz Terry
98Mixed MediaJudi
102Mixed Media handcraftedbyJB//
114Mixed MediaART BY JAVAD
130Mixed Media Jamie Morath
17Painting Derek T Collins//
53Painting Ed Kitchen
58Painting Jim
60Painting Leo Hong
79PaintingVivian RipleyVivian Ripley art.comUA Resident
100Painting Clinton
116Painting At First Sight Art
126Painting Kathleen Green//
128Painting Janet Alsup
42Paper Stephanie Brown
123PaperWhimsy Paper
1Photography Eclectic Images
6PhotographyJack F Schultz
25-26Photography Wandering Paths Photography
33-34PhotographyDan Tye
45PhotographyJohn Weller//
51PhotographyRick Buchanan
61Photography Lane Schafer
68PhotographyRick Braveheart
107PhotographyDreaming Tree
111PhotographyLiquids in Motion//
129PhotographyDerek Dammann//
133Photography Cityscape Tiles
29-30SculptureThomas Yano
35-36SculpturePoff Sculptures
89Sculpture Heekin
8WoodGeorge Efta
16Wood Jerry Krider
31-32WoodMichael West Artistic Woodworking
49WoodChris Leiter Woodworks// Resident
52Wood Rachel McFarlane David
78WoodTwo Black Sheep
106WoodCreekside Wood Designs
109WoodMajestic Moonlit Woods2019 Best of Show

We encourage everyone to purchase art from this year’s talented artists. To make the purchasing process easier we will be providing a free Art Valet service for large works of art purchased at Festival. Simply tell the artist you would like to utilize the Art Valet service after purchasing the work. They will have you complete a form that will be kept with the artwork and give you a parking pass/ticket to pick up your work prior to 5pm. The artwork will delivered to the Art Valet tent in front of the Tremont Library (2800 Tremont Road). Show the parking pass to the police officers blocking Tremont road and parking lot attendants for access to the parking lot and Art Valet location. Drive up to the front of the library where friendly volunteers will release your new work of art.

Arts Activity Area
Photo Credit: The Focus Group, Susan Scharenberg

The Art Activities Area will look a little different in 2021 to allow for social distancing and a safe event. Here is how it will work:

  • Stop by the Art Activities Tent located near ball diamond 4 and select a free, pre-made art activity kit provided by various vendors including the UA Libraries, Cover to Cover and Musicologie.
  • Head to a table as a family or group and independently complete your art activity. General art supplies will be provided at each table and volunteers available for any assistance. All children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • One family or group per table and one kit per person at one time. Kits available for all ages!
  • Please release your table for another family or group once you have completed your art activity.

2021 Labor Day Arts Festival will feature one performance stage centrally located at Northam Park.  We have some great bands scheduled to perform!  See below for the lineup.

In addition to a great musical line up, catch The Amazing Giants stilt walkers strolling through the park from 12 – 2 pm!

10 am – 10:30 am
Upper Arlington’s Marching Band will kick off this year’s Festival by marching and playing throughout Northam Park

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Dr. E  |  R&B Soul

12 pm – 1 pm
fo/mo/deep  |  Jazz

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The Castros  |  Indi Folk

3 pm – 4 pm
The Blue Leaf’s  |  Classic Rock


2021 Festival Host & Sponsor

We invite you to elevate your business presence in Upper Arlington by partnering with us as a Labor Day Arts Festival sponsor. We offer a range of sponsorship levels that provide extensive exposure for your business and help build your brand as a proactive supporter of community programming. Please contact Jodi Osborne at [email protected] or 614-583-5312 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.


Be a part of the art in Upper Arlington and help make this year’s event possible! Earn community service hours (if needed), meet new friends and receive a fashionable Labor Day Arts Festival t-shirt. Various shifts available. Click here to sign up for a volunteer spot: //

Artist Check-In Help artists register as they arrive to setup for the Labor Day Arts Festival. Give artists a warm welcome, hand them their packet, and run through everything they need to know about festival. Don’t worry, we will give you a cheat sheet! Help hang booth signs on artist’s booths once their tents are setup. Sunday: 11:45 am–3 pm
2:45-6 pm
Monday: 6:45–10 am
Packing Artist Breakfast On Monday morning, we will offer a grab and go breakfast to our artists. Help us pack breakfast for artists to enjoy the next morning. Sunday: 1–3 pm
Artist Breakfast Greet artists and make them feel welcome as you help distribute packed breakfast and coffee before the start of Festival. Help tear down breakfast items before the start of the event. Monday: 6:45–10 am
Artist Booth Sitter and General Volunteer Age 16+. Throughout the festival, artists will need restroom and lunch breaks. During this time, volunteers will offer relief to artists by watching their booth. No sale transactions will take place during booth sitting. Simply inform visitors that artist will be back shortly. These volunteers will also assist with a wide range of tasks including keeping the festival grounds clean, clearing and cleaning tables and help with distributing ice to refreshment vendors. Monday: 10 am–1:30 pm
1–4:30 pm
Art Pick-Up Age 16+. This year we are offering an art pick up service to all Festival attendees. When purchasing a large work of art, attendees can utilize this service to pick up their artwork after they are finished enjoying Festival. Staff members will deliver purchased artwork to a tent setup in front of the library where volunteers will monitor the artwork, check purchase tickets, and help customers load the artwork in their vehicles upon pickup. Monday: 9:30 am–1:30 pm
1-5 pm
Information Booth Age 18+. We have two information booths at Festival where Festival Guides are distributed, directions are given, and assistance is provided. You will be provided with all the information you need to answer any questions that arise. Previous knowledge of Festival preferred. Monday: 9:30 am–12:45 pm
12:30-4 pm
Art Activities Help distribute art kits to families, clean tables in between activities and restock art supplies. Engage with children and families to insure they have an experience of a lifetime creating one of a kind works of art! Monday: 9:30 am-1:30 pm
1:15-5:15 pm
Festival Setup and Teardown Age 16+. Festival would not be possible without a strong setup and tear down crew! Help distribute and setup tables and chairs and distribute supplies. This opportunity does require lifting heavy objects and walking a lot. Sunday: 12 pm – 3 pm (set-up)
Monday: 7 am – 10 am (set-up)
3:45 pm – 6 pm (teardown)

The Labor Day Arts Festival would not be possible without a dynamic team of staff and volunteers. The Coordinating Committee begins work on planning Festival months in advance and put many hours into making sure the event runs smoothly. THANK YOU to the Coordinating Committee and volunteers for their generous donation of time and talents! For more information on volunteering for the Labor Day Arts Festival, please contact Jodi Osborne at [email protected] or 614-583-5312.

Coordinating Committee Members

Arts Activities Area:
Annamarie Carlson, Eric Ralph, Kathleen Coughlin

Artist Management:
Diane Haddad, Kristan Hastrich, Judy Yesso

Amy DiFrischia, Matt Stewart, Sam Simmons

Martin Spencer, Ron Johnson

Promotions and Sponsorship:
Emma Speight, Rebecca Kemper, Shradha Parekh

Barry Baughman, Sarah Krosse

Eliese Kendrick, Trudy Krisher

Patrick Monaghan


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