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 #||Medium||Artist||Website||UA Resident/2019 Award Winner|
|4||Ceramics||Peachblow Pottery, Gail Russell||www.peachblowpottery.com|
|13||Ceramics||Kristy Jo Beber||www.facebook.com/KJBpottery|
|23-24||Ceramics||Jaime's Art Pottery||www.jaimesartpottery.com|
|70||Ceramics||Kate Lally Ceramics||www.katelally.com|
|76||Ceramics||Sumiko Takada||www.studiotakada.com||UA Resident|
|82||Ceramics||Sam Hitchman Ceramics||www.SamHCeramics.com|
|95||Ceramics||Stan Baker A2 Pottery|
|99||Ceramics||Megs LeVesseur Ceramics||www.megslevesseur.com|
|103||Ceramics||Jeanne Russell Pottery||//www.Etsy.com/shop/Colorpots|
|121||Ceramics||Thomas And Sarah Gelsanliter||//www.oneacreceramics.com/|
|131||Ceramics||Mud Mothers Pottery, Elaine Lamb||mudmothers.com|
|38||Fiber||Grace Lea Designs|
|90||Fiber||Melissa Bracken, The Happy Groundhog Studio||www.TheHappygroundhogstudio.com|
|118||Fiber||Mary Ann Williams|
|40||Glass||Pat Reed Originals||IllusionofEdges.com|
|119||Glass||Glass Creations By Woodruff|
|9||Jewelry||Pat Bolgar Jewelry||www.patbolgarjewelry.com|
|14||Jewelry||Greg and BJ Jordan|
|37||Jewelry||Sonja Sheriff||UA Resident|
|46||Jewelry||Pluma Jewelry||www.plumajewelry.com||UA Resident|
|54||Jewelry||Glass Sky Jewelry||//glassskyjewelry.com/|
|57||Jewelry||Dawn's Artisan Jewelry||www.dawnsartisanjewelry.com|
|67||Jewelry||Susie Brand Jewelry||Etsy.com/shop/susiebrandjewelry|
|75||Jewelry||Black Cat Beads||www.janamargeson.com|
|77||Jewelry||Sokava Designs LLC||www.sokavadesigns.etsy.com|
|80||Jewelry||Lab Partners Jewelry||//labpartnersjewelry.com/||UA Resident|
|93||Jewelry||Valerie Long Jewelry|
|104||Jewelry||by Tabatha Hemmerling, LLC||www.bytabathahemmerling.com||2019 Second Place Award|
|113||Jewelry||Andrea R Yagoda, Beadswork||beadswork.etsy.com|
|124||Jewelry||Mary Kay Originals|
|125||Jewelry||Vintage Vamp Jewelry||www.etsy.com/shop/vintagevampjewelry|
|22||Leather||Last Chance Leather||LastChanceLeather.net|
|108||Leather||Larry & Caroline Clarke|
|15||Mixed Media||Kristin Morris||www.klmorrisstudios.com|
|20||Mixed Media||Spring Grove Mosaics||//www.facebook.com/TerriandShawnMosaics/|
|43||Mixed Media||Peggy Schuning Mosaics||www.peggyschuningmosaics.com|
|50||Mixed Media||Otter Be Happy Studio||otterbehappy.com|
|56||Mixed Media||Robntiffs Designs||www.robntiffs.com|
|64||Mixed Media||Amy & Mark Thompson||glassandwoodworks.com||2019 First Place Award|
|66||Mixed Media||Dreamstrokes Art|
|69||Mixed Media||Little Creek Candles||www.littlecreekcandles.com|
|71||Mixed Media||Britt Hallowell||www.brittsfineart.com|
|74||Mixed Media||Bills & Gills, Sue Lazerwitz Terry Ray||bills-gills.com|
|98||Mixed Media||Judi Young||www.whoopdeedoodle.com|
|114||Mixed Media||ART BY JAVAD|
|130||Mixed Media||Jamie Morath Art||www.jamiemorathart.com|
|17||Painting||Derek T Collins||//www.artistderekcollins.com/|
|53||Painting||Ed Kitchen Paintings||www.edkitchenwatercolors.com|
|60||Painting||Leo Hong Mao||leohong.com|
|79||Painting||Vivian Ripley||Vivian Ripley art.com||UA Resident|
|116||Painting||At First Sight Art Gallery||www.sherryarthur.com|
|128||Painting||Janet Alsup Paintings||www.janetalsup.com|
|123||Paper||Whimsy Paper Arts||whimsy-cards.com|
|6||Photography||Jack F Schultz Photography||jack-schultz.pixels.com|
|25-26||Photography||Wandering Paths Photography|
|33-34||Photography||Dan Tye Photography||www.dantyephotography.com|
|51||Photography||Rick Buchanan Photography||www.rickbuchananphotography.com|
|61||Photography||Lane Schafer Photography||lschaferphotography.com|
|68||Photography||Rick Braveheart Photography||rickbraveheart.com|
|107||Photography||Dreaming Tree Galleries||www.dreamingtreegalleries.net|
|111||Photography||Liquids in Motion||//www.liquidsinmotion.us.com|
|31-32||Wood||Michael West Artistic Woodworking|
|49||Wood||Chris Leiter Woodworks||//etsy.me/2WDHZtF||UA Resident|
|52||Wood||Rachel McFarlane David|
|78||Wood||Two Black Sheep|
|106||Wood||Creekside Wood Designs||www.facebook.com/creeksidewooddesigns|
|109||Wood||Majestic Moonlit Woods||2019 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.
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
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.
Enjoy some great food, drinks and snacks from these food vendors. Dining tables will be available in shaded areas throughout the park.
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: //www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da9a72aabfb6-2021
|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
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
|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
|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
|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
|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
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