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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.

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

Northam Park | 2070 Northam Road

Artist application deadline February 11


altLDAFThe 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 will review and score each submissions. 120 artists will be 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.


  • Average Sales: $3,000 (based on the 2021 Artist Survey)
  • Over 20,000 visitors in a beautiful park setting
  • 120 artists accepted
  • Booths spaced out to allow for a comfortable event
  • 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

2022 Artist application deadline is February 11, 2022.

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
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.
LDAF Entertainment

Performing Arts is a key component to Festival every year and we are seeking talented performers to take the main stage. A jury process will take place to select performers for this years event. Bands will be selected the first of January. Band and Performing Art application deadline is January 9.


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.

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 is January 9.


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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