Columbus Arts Fest roundup: Can't-Miss Creativity: Your guide to the Cbus Arts Fest

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

With the Downtown riverfront covered in creativity this weekend, we understand if you can’t complete a thorough Arts Fest trip. So we paired up with the fest’s Jami Goldstein to concoct a coveted list of offerings that are truly can’t-miss. Get your shears ready and reserve some of that prime back-pocket real estate, folks. You’re going to want to keep this list handy.

Poetry Slam

Now in its 10th iteration, this Arts Fest classic is anything but verbose, with 10 talented performers from Flip the Page, Thurber House and OSU waxing lyric in a comfy coffeehouse-like setting. And be sure to take notes; you and your audience mates will be judging (in good fun) who wins. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Word is Art stage.

Big Local Art Tent

The BLAT, an Arts Fest mainstay, features local artist wares covering nearly all the aesthetic bases, including jewelry, ceramics, illustrations, sculpture, glassware and paintings. Drop in to chat or purchase a new art piece for your collection, but make sure you stop by all weekend. The artists put out new works for sale daily. The tent is in the Huntington Local Arts Pavilion, located behind COSI.

See How It’s Made

This all-access pass allows you to see artists in their element, creating projects ranging from pottery and wooden pens to marionettes, chainmail and mask sculptures. You’ll also have a chance to make your own jewelry or write Chinese letters and take it home. Check out the See How It’s Made demonstrations tent, beside the Big Local Art Tent, continually for the Arts Fest’s duration to catch an artist at work, as specific times and days vary.

Tweet and Go Seek

The popular social media competition is back this year, with $4,000 worth of prizes up for grabs for anyone willing to go on the Twitter-led scavenger hunt. Follow @misterbarnes, the handle of the event’s creator, Matthew Barnes, and watch for posts of pictures, each of which will showcase a smaller picture in a random Downtown or Arts Fest location, as well as clues concerning its whereabouts. Find that pic and flip it over to see your prize, which can range from concert tickets and restaurant gift cards to a Cloud Nine package at the Westin. Redeem said prize at the fest’s information booth or the offering vendor’s location. The hunt began last week, but don’t worry. Most of the prizes will be featured this weekend.

Children’s Gallery

The classic no-parents-allowed gallery features Arts Fest artist work, all for $5. In addition to snatching quality pieces from fest artists on the cheap, Goldstein said the event aims to foster children’s love of collecting and appreciating artwork. Better hurry, though. Sales may go until the art runs out, but with its popularity, it ends sooner than expected. The gallery opens at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Huntington Local Arts Pavilion.