The weather gods smiled upon the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival. Warm breezes and plenty of sunshine made the weekend a perfect one for strolling along, shopping the artists’ booths, and listening to music.
I love art festivals. It’s fun to soak up the atmosphere of happy, creative people enjoying being together and celebrating creativity. Art festivals are also perfect opportunities to shop for one-of-a kind gifts, art for the home, and artisan-made jewelry. Artists can appreciate the work of other creatives, get inspiration, and learn from the level at which others price their work. In past years I’ve bought hand-crafted wooden cutting boards, silver jewelry, one-of-a-kind purses, and a gorgeous framed photograph that we’ve given pride of place in a lighted niche in our great room.
This year I noticed several booths with stunning blown glass sculptures, and also quite a few metal sculptures. Watercolor paintings are perennially popular, and I found the offerings at this show to be more painterly and less photographic than at many street fairs. Jewelry, acrylics, and textiles were all well represented.
Bands performed throughout the evening. At 9 pm we caught GRAMMY Award winning Terrence Simien & the Zydeco Experience. Simien is well known for his American roots, Cajun-style musical performances, and he did not disappoint. A small crowd gathered before the stage, other folks lounged on the nearby grassy bank, and people strolling the festival smiled, swayed, and bounced to the music in the cool of early evening, as the lights of Columbus glowed against the darkening sky. It was a fitting end to our delightful visit to the Columbus Arts Festival.