Downtown Lima Block Party Features Artists

LIMA — More than 30 artists and creators taped booths downtown Saturday for the third annual Legacy Arts Street Party, regaling attendees with art, food and live music.

Between North and High Streets, the blocked roads, once occupied by flowing cars, have created a temporary asphalt oasis with vendor stalls lined up on both sides and, in the center, a music stage.

Unlike craft fairs, the event featured primarily arts-oriented products like pottery, ink illustrations, on-site portraiture, abstract art, paintings, resin sculptures, as well as personalized jewelry.

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

“It’s an outdoor festival, so we encourage them to paint outdoors… We have watercolor paper and watercolor paints, brushes and surfaces for them to paint on. It can be a landscape, people or festivities. Then we ask artists to send their work back to us once they are finished as we will be exhibiting them at ArtSpace in September for the Art Walk. ‘Plein air’ is French for ‘painting outdoors’ and it’s a whole group of people who paint outdoors, so we have a group that does this type of painting and then we bring it into ArtSpace to exhibit it,” said Sally Windle, Executive Director. , who said she was excited to participate in this event to help enrich the community through creativity.

Sara Newman, director of ArtSpace/Lima and Shop for Good gift shops, ran a table selling pottery, jewelry, handmade gift cards, gift bags, quirky prints, as well as face creams. locally created hand and lip balms.

Omar Zehery orchestrated the list of musical talents.

“Every time we organize an event, every time we organize a show, we are directly connected to the music that we bring because we are fans of it. We don’t put on anything that we don’t absolutely love,” Zehery said.

“Our goal is to promote a thriving creative economy in the Lima region,” said Jennifer Brogee, founding member of the nonprofit Legacy Arts Lima, which represents The Meeting Place on Market. “The money we raise goes towards organizing the street party each 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, manufacturers 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 visiting Manufacturers are responsible for bringing their own setup (tent, tables, etc.) to the site at least two hours before the event. All nominees must be approved by the committee.

Downtown Lima was closed to motor traffic on Saturday for a festival of food, marching band and fine arts.

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

Joseph K. Bennett