Downtown Lima block party features artists

LIMA — Over 30 artists and makers registered booths downtown on Saturday for the third annual Legacy Arts Street Party, regaling attendees with art, food and live music.

Between North and High streets, the blocked-off roads, once busy with flowing cars, created a temporary, asphalt oasis with vendor booths lining both sides, and in the center, a music stage.

Unlike craft fairs, the event primarily featured arts-oriented goods like pottery, ink illustrations, on-the spot portrait artistry, abstract art, paintings, resin sculptures, as well as custom jewelry.

ArtSpace/Lima offered free art activities for children, focusing on helping to foster the future artists in the region.

“It’s an outdoor festival, so we’re encouraging them to paint outdoors… We have watercolor paper and watercolor paints, brushes, and surfaces they can paint on. It might be a landscape, people or the festivities. Then we’re asking the artists to submit their work back to us after they’re finished because we are going to display them at ArtSpace in September for the Art Walk. ‘Plein air’ is French for ‘painting outside’ and that’s a whole group of people who paint outdoors, so we’re having a group practice that type of painting and then bring it into ArtSpace for display,” said Sally Windle, executive director. , who said she was excited to engage in this event to help enrich the community through creativity.

Sara Newman, manager of both the ArtSpace/Lima and Shop for Good gift shops managed a table selling pottery, jewelry, hand-made gift cards, gift bags, some original prints, as well as locally created hand creams and lip balms.

Omar Zehery masterminded the musical talent lineup.

“Whenever we put on an event, whenever we put on a show, we are directly connected to the music that we’re bringing because we’re fans of it. We don’t put on anything we don’t absolutely love,” said Zehery.

“Our goal is to promote a thriving creative economy in the Lima area,” said Jennifer Brogee, a founding member of the nonprofit Legacy Arts Lima, who represents The Meeting Place on Market. “The money we raise goes towards holding the street party every year as well as other live music events. We are also working on a scholarship program to help nurture emerging artists and musicians in the area.”

Interested sponsors, artists, vendors, makers and musicians who want more information can connect via social media or email [email protected] They can register online, starting today, to participate in the 2023 event by going to legacyartsohio.com/legacy-arts-street-party. Makers are responsible for bringing their own setup (tent, tables, etc.) to the location at least two hours in advance of the event. All applicants must be approved by the committee.

Downtown Lima was closed to car traffic on Saturday for a festival of food, fanfare and fine art.

Reach Shannon Bohle at 567-242-0399, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @Bohle_LimaNews.

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