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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 15,000 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 120 artists working in a variety of media including paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and mixed media.

The Festival is made possible through the hard work of City Staff, a dedicated Coordinating Committee, and a cadre of some 100 community volunteers.

2022 FESTIVAL DATE AND HOURS:
Monday, September 5 | 10 am – 4 pm

LOCATION:
Northam Park | 2070 Northam Road

HOW TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL
Shuttles: Park at the Wellington School (3650 Reed Road) and hop on a shuttle for a smooth ride to the Festival. Shuttles will be running about every 15 minutes. Drop-off/pick-up at the Festival is located on Tremont Road near the History Walk.
Bike: The best way to get to the Festival! Free bike valet service is offered for your convenience. Bike valet is located near the library off Tremont Road.
Drop-Off: From the South: Corner of Tremont and Northam roads. From the North: Corner of Tremont and Ridgeview roads.
Road Closures: Tremont road between Farleigh road and Northam road and Northam road between Tremont and Andover roads. These streets will be closed the morning of and during Festival hours.
Handicap/Accessible Parking: North end of the Tremont Pool parking lot next to the school.

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

 

Artist application deadline has passed. Please email us at [email protected] to join the mailing list so you can be the first to know when the application is live! Applications for the 2023 festival open in December 2022.

The Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival is a juried fine arts and fine crafts festival. Artists can apply through Zapplication for a $30 application fee. Five jurors review and score each submission. Approximately 120 artists are selected to exhibit based on the jury scores. All work must be the original, hand-produced work of the artists. Items not accepted include kit work, manufactured items, molded ceramics (unless molds are designed by the artist), dried flower arrangements, live plant material or trees i.e. bonsai, commercial photography, “buy/sell” items, prepared foods or work produced by anyone other than the applying artist.

Highlights:

  • Average Sales: $3,000 (based on the 2021 Artist Survey)
  • Over 15,000 visitors in a beautiful park setting
  • 120 artists accepted
  • Free continental breakfast and coffee
  • Boxed lunches available for purchase and delivered to tent
  • Tent rentals available
  • Booth sitting available
  • Friendly volunteers and staff
  • Drive up loading and unloading (weather permitting)
  • Optional setup Sunday before Festival
  • Free Parking
  • $2,000 in awards

This festival is a nice laid back show in a lovely area with people and patrons that seem to really appreciate and support the arts. Management and volunteer staff are helpful and friendly. Load in and tear down is easy for the artists and that’s always a plus too! – 2021 LDAF Artist

“We have been in many many shows and yours was one of the best organized we have ever been in. It was a pleasure to be in the festival. We loved the spacing of booths. – 2021 LDAF Artist

Lisa McLymont
Lisa McLymont is a multidisciplinary artist, graphic designer & social justice advocate. Lisa welcomes curiosity in her creative process to explore many directions, knowing that each new experience provides insight while creating work that connects past and future worlds. Lisa has two ongoing portrait series, “The Universe Tribe”, & “The Odes”, both focused on the myriad of nuances within identity, and is nurturing a new series of abstract landscapes celebrating those who shaped the world before us. Lisa loves a great creative challenge and regularly creates murals in the community to inspire hope and push for social justice.

Driven to affect the world in a positive way, Lisa’s art encourages others to know the power in collaboratively seeking change. She overcomes anxieties about the unrest in the world through a meditative process of making & taking time to view concepts at myopic levels.

Lisa McLymont was born in Manhattan, NY and has called Columbus, Ohio home since the age of ten. Formally educated in graphic design and visual communications at The Ohio State University, McLymont’s career as a self-taught, multi-disciplinary artist started in 2009, and has included forays into drawing, painting, murals, sculpture, and jewelry design, while letting inspiration found through research and the process of making lead. She is currently a member of the Columbus Public Art Commission, Maroon Arts Group, and is Black, Out, and Proud.

Cat Sheridan
Cat Sheridan is the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery Director, a gallery celebrating and showcasing the myriad professional artists that reside and work in the state of Ohio.Sheridan hails from the east side of Columbus, Ohio, and graduated with honors from Columbus College of Art & Design; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Minor in Art History. An ardent advocate of the arts, arts education and creative community building Sheridan focuses her time and energy on expanding the power of the arts; as an arts administrator during the day and an arts mentor, and practicing artist, at night.

Lydia Simon
Before joining Wild Goose Creative in 2017, Lydia completed her Bachelor’s in Arts Management from Ohio State University and Master’s degree in Advanced Chinese Language and Culture at Peking University. Lydia has worked for internationally recognized galleries and museums in America and China, as well as completed two years of extensive research regarding cultural policy in Beijing.

She’s also an adjunct faculty member within Columbus College of Art and Design’s Business, Math and Entrepreneurship Department and serves as Marketing Co-chair of Columbus Arts Marketing Association.

Margaret Wunderlich
Margaret is the Columbus, Ohio Business Development Manager for Everything But The House, and has extensive experience in art curation as well as and artist and client management. Margaret works actively with the museums and art institutions in the Columbus area, and loves to assist fellow art enthusiasts. She is on the Board of the Short North Arts District where she serves as Chair of the Public Art Committee, and the Board of Wild Goose Creative where she serves as Head of Curation.

Artists will be exhibiting in this year’s Festival. See below for the list of 2021 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 Russellwww.peachblowpottery.com
13CeramicsKristy Jo Beber www.facebook.com/KJBpottery
18Ceramics Wender Potterywenderpottery.com
23-24Ceramics Jaime's Art Potterywww.jaimesartpottery.com
41CeramicsThomas Bothebotheclay.com
47Ceramics Kimberly Rorickwww.kimberlyrorick.etsy.com
65CeramicsNeal Pottery nealpottery.com
70Ceramics Kate Lally Ceramicswww.katelally.com
76Ceramics Sumiko Takadawww.studiotakada.comUA Resident
82CeramicsSam Hitchman Ceramicswww.SamHCeramics.com
86-87Ceramics Parsley Potterywww.Parsleypottery.com
95Ceramics Stan Baker A2 Pottery
99CeramicsMegs LeVesseur Ceramicswww.megslevesseur.com
103Ceramics Jeanne Russell Pottery//www.Etsy.com/shop/Colorpots
121CeramicsThomas And Sarah Gelsanliter//www.oneacreceramics.com/
127Ceramics Feazell Potterywww.feazellpottery.com
131CeramicsMud Mothers Pottery, Elaine Lambmudmothers.com
92Digital DexArt Prints//www.etsy.com/shop/DexMex
7Fiber E-Laine Design
10FiberWhirlwind Designs
21Fiber TAKE JOY!
38FiberGrace Lea Designs
73FiberOlivia's KlosetOliviaskloset.org
90Fiber Melissa Bracken, The Happy Groundhog Studiowww.TheHappygroundhogstudio.com
105Fiber ArtyZin Designsartyzin.etsy.com
112Fiber Molly Pletcherfacebook.com/WearMollyArt-501646186603842
118Fiber Mary Ann Williams
27-28GlassTrish Shantzmoonlightstudio.us
59GlassMark Wagar
40GlassPat Reed OriginalsIllusionofEdges.com
117Glass Faith Wickey//www.faithwickey.com/
119Glass Glass Creations By Woodruff
3JewelryChelsea Jewelryfacebook.com/chelseajewelry
5JewelryDesignsbyMartha//www.designsbymartha.com/
9JewelryPat Bolgar Jewelrywww.patbolgarjewelry.com
14JewelryGreg and BJ Jordan
19JewelryPosch&GulyasPoschandgulyas.com
37JewelrySonja SheriffUA Resident
39JewelryJoseph Lee
46Jewelry Pluma Jewelrywww.plumajewelry.comUA Resident
54JewelryGlass Sky Jewelry//glassskyjewelry.com/
57JewelryDawn's Artisan Jewelrywww.dawnsartisanjewelry.com
67Jewelry Susie Brand JewelryEtsy.com/shop/susiebrandjewelry
72JewelryDaina Dickenswww.dainadickens.com
75JewelryBlack Cat Beadswww.janamargeson.com
77JewelrySokava Designs LLCwww.sokavadesigns.etsy.com
80JewelryLab Partners Jewelry//labpartnersjewelry.com/UA Resident
83JewelryPierce Jewelry//www.piercejewelryoh.com
88JewelryHannah Hoffmanwww.hannah-hoffman.com
91JewelryVictoria Alvarez
93JewelryValerie Long Jewelry
96JewelryRenate Favour//www.etsy.com/shop/Etc2Renate
101JewelryClaudia Carreonwww.claudiacarreon.com
104Jewelryby Tabatha Hemmerling, LLCwww.bytabathahemmerling.com2019 Second Place Award
113JewelryAndrea R Yagoda, Beadsworkbeadswork.etsy.com
124JewelryMary Kay Originals
125JewelryVintage Vamp Jewelrywww.etsy.com/shop/vintagevampjewelry
22LeatherLast Chance Leather LastChanceLeather.net
108Leather Larry & Caroline Clarke
110Leather Michelle Ishidawww.starfishclothes.com
115LeatherTerreuZTerreuz.com
11-12MetalDon Persinger
44MetalDallas Galbraith
62-63Metal Yardbirdswww.yardbirds.info
15Mixed Media Kristin Morriswww.klmorrisstudios.com
20Mixed Media Spring Grove Mosaics//www.facebook.com/TerriandShawnMosaics/
43Mixed Media Peggy Schuning Mosaicswww.peggyschuningmosaics.com
50Mixed Media Otter Be Happy Studiootterbehappy.com
56Mixed Media Robntiffs Designswww.robntiffs.com
64Mixed Media Amy & Mark Thompsonglassandwoodworks.com2019 First Place Award
66Mixed Media Dreamstrokes Art
69Mixed Media Little Creek Candleswww.littlecreekcandles.com
71Mixed Media Britt Hallowellwww.brittsfineart.com
74Mixed Media Bills & Gills, Sue Lazerwitz Terry Raybills-gills.com
98Mixed MediaJudi Youngwww.whoopdeedoodle.com
102Mixed Media handcraftedbyJB//www.facebook.com/handcraftedbyJB/
114Mixed MediaART BY JAVAD
130Mixed Media Jamie Morath Artwww.jamiemorathart.com
17Painting Derek T Collins//www.artistderekcollins.com/
48PaintingJurate Phillipsgourmetartstudio.com
53Painting Ed Kitchen Paintingswww.edkitchenwatercolors.com
58Painting Jim SiemerOhioArtwork.com
60Painting Leo Hong Maoleohong.com
79PaintingVivian RipleyVivian Ripley art.comUA Resident
97PaintingDeborah Linkwww.deborahlinkfineart.com
100Painting Clinton Woodcw3-art.com
116Painting At First Sight Art Gallerywww.sherryarthur.com
120PaintingThe Makistwww.themakist.com
122PaintingMichael Dlugoleckiartzipper.com/artists/michael-dlugolecki
126Painting Kathleen Green//www.kathleengreenart.com/
128Painting Janet Alsup Paintingswww.janetalsup.com
132PaintingMahLeah Cochranwww.mahleahart.com
42Paper Stephanie Brown
123PaperWhimsy Paper Artswhimsy-cards.com
1Photography Eclectic Images
2PrintmakingBen Kefferwww.wandering-press.com
6PhotographyJack F Schultz Photographyjack-schultz.pixels.com
25-26Photography Wandering Paths Photography
33-34PhotographyDan Tye Photographywww.dantyephotography.com
45PhotographyJohn Weller//jfweller.com
51PhotographyRick Buchanan Photographywww.rickbuchananphotography.com
61Photography Lane Schafer Photographylschaferphotography.com
68PhotographyRick Braveheart Photographyrickbraveheart.com
81PhotographyDavid FitzSimmonswww.curious-critters.com
84-85PhotographyRobert Coomerartindecay.com
107PhotographyDreaming Tree Gallerieswww.dreamingtreegalleries.net
111PhotographyLiquids in Motion//www.liquidsinmotion.us.com
129PhotographyDerek Dammann//www.ddphotos.com
133Photography Cityscape Tiles
29-30SculptureThomas Yano
35-36SculpturePoff Sculptures
89Sculpture Heekin Pewterwww.heekinpewter.com
8WoodGeorge Efta
16Wood Jerry Krider
31-32WoodMichael West Artistic Woodworking
49WoodChris Leiter Woodworks//etsy.me/2WDHZtFUA Resident
52Wood Rachel McFarlane David
55Wood fairTURNwww.fairTURNStudio.com
78WoodTwo Black Sheep
106WoodCreekside Wood Designs www.facebook.com/creeksidewooddesigns
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 ACTIVITIES
Photo Credit: The Focus Group, Susan Scharenberg

Stop by the free Arts Activities Area for a lots of hands-on fun:

  • Face painting
  • Henna
  • Caricature portraits
  • Painting, drawing, ceramics and jewelry making experiences led by Upper Arlington High School art students
  • Musical instrument craft presented by Musicologie
  • Community art activity by OSU Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy

Be sure to check out our Children’s Stage in the Tremont Library Reading Garden:

  • 10:30 AM – Story time with Cover to Cover
  • 11 AM – Musicologie
  • Noon – Story time with Cover to Cover
  • 12:30 PM – SupaFun Band
  • 1:30 PM – Story time with Cover to Cover

We are also proud to host UAHS graduate Chelsea Ritter-Soronen and Chalk Riot! They will feature a 3-D chalk art installation and a collaborative community chalk mural by the Centennial Bears!

FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT
FESTIVAL FOODIES

Festival would not be enjoyable without some great eats for attendees to enjoy! Help us feed our guests at Festival by applying today. Applications will be reviewed and approximately 15 vendors will be selected to serve at our event. Food and Refreshment vendor application for 2023 will open in November– check back later!

VOLUNTEERS

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: Rosterfy or Labor Day Arts Festival Signungenius

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION SHIFTS AVAILABLE
Artist Check-In Help artists check in as they arrive to setup and direct them to their booth space. Give artists a warm welcome, hand them their packet, and run through a checklist of things they should know. Sunday: 11:45 am–3 pm
2:45-6 pm
Monday: 6:45–10 am
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 Check in on artists and give breaks as needed. 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 anything else that might be needed throughout the event! Monday: 10 am–1 pm
1–4:30 pm
Art Pick-Up 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 near Tremont Road where volunteers will monitor the artwork, check purchase tickets, and help customers load the artwork in their vehicles upon pickup. Monday: 10 am–1:30 pm
1:30-4:30 pm
Festival Greeter Greeters to be stationed at shuttle stops offsite to welcome attendees, count shuttle users, and pass out festival maps. Monday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
12:30-3:30 pm
Art Activities Assist with Art Activities Area. Clean tables 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 pm
1-5 pm
Festival Setup and Teardown 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

Logistics:
Amy DiFrischia, Matt Stewart, Sam Simmons

Performance:
Martin Spencer, Ron Johnson

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

Refreshments:
Barry Baughman, Sarah Krosse

Volunteers:
Eliese Kendrick, Trudy Krisher

Accessibility:
Patrick Monaghan

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