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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

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The Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival returns for the fifty-first time on Monday, September 4. The city’s signature event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Northam Park. Established to provide an opportunity for artists beginning their careers as festival artists, the festival’s Emerging Artists’ Program invites artists interested in pursuing a career as a festival artist to apply, jury and exhibit their art for the first time as a festival artist exhibitor. We caught up with two of this year’s emerging artists, Scott Gordon and Pam Greulich.

Artist Scott Gordon is participating for the first time in this year’s Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival on Monday, September 4.

Scott Gordon | Wood, Booth #65
Lynette: Why street art? What makes you want to participate in Festivals?
Scott: Not having my own studio, street art is a perfect way to get exposure not only of my work, but to meet art advocates.

Lynette: What have you learned about festivals that you didn’t know before you began?
Scott: As an artist, doing the artwork is easy! Selling the artwork is a different set of skills that will take many festivals to hone, and just like my art, will improve with time.

Lynette: What have you had to unlearn about festivals since you’ve began?
Scott: The biggest things I had to unlearn about festivals involve preparing pieces for the festivals. When starting woodworking, the primary lessons one learns are of the craft and functionality – everything must fit together properly, woods can only be assembled certain ways for stability, angles must be exact, etc. For example, not everything turned on the lathe is going to be symmetrical; you have to let the piece of wood tell you what needs to be done, not the tools.

Lynette: What’s next for you in your career and in your medium?
Scott: I have entered the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival as an emerging artist as this is my first year for participating in such high-caliber, juried shows. I continue to look forward to receiving feedback from customers, both positive and negative, and using that for deciding what is next.

Artist Pam Greulich is participating in this year’s Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Pam Greulich | Wood, Booth #76
Lynette: Why street art? What makes you want to participate in Festivals?
Pam: Festivals are a great way to give back to the community you live in and love. Having lived in Central Ohio for over 25 years, I have always admired fine local artisan work and decided it was my time to devote the passion I love for woodworking.

Lynette: What have you learned about festivals that you didn’t know before you began?
Pam: The dedication, passion and communal feeling among all artisans has been so welcoming and humbling. Each festival I learn something new through those far more experienced than I am.

Lynette: What have you had to unlearn about festivals since you’ve began?
Pam: Festivals are far harder work than I ever expected! From planning your booth to preparing the right mix of craft, you can never overlook the fine details. No doubt, festivals take a lot of fortitude, a little luck and a lot of dedication to make each one a wild success.

Lynette: What’s next for you in your career and in your medium?
Pam: My focus has expanded to not only festivals and online sales via Etsy, but also targeting area businesses interested in local craft designs. I have enjoyed meeting so many tremendous people in my first year of the business. I am thankful each and every day that these area business men and women are giving me the hope and dream come true for Stix+Steel.

Find Scott, Pam and the other emerging artists at the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival on Monday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Northam Park.

Columbus Makes Art Presents is a bi-weekly column brought to you by the Greater Columbus Arts Council – supporting art and advancing culture in Columbus. The column is a project of the Art Makes Columbus campaign, telling the inspiring stories of the people and organizations who create Columbus art. Each column will be written by a different local arts organization to give you an insiders look at how #artmakescbus.

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