Lakewood Arts Festival: Original Artwork, Original Music, Original Food

For one glistening summer day, Lakewood closes Detroit Avenue, between Belle to Arthur Avenues, and bring artists of all disciplines together along with 15,000 collectors and art lovers. The juried festival hosts over 180 regional and national artists and makers displaying paintings, prints, photography, art glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber and more.  

Returning to the festival this year will be Lakewood ceramic artist Yumiko Goto, “2017 Best of Show” featuring hand thrown stoneware.Yumiko participates in the festival “to share love and joy under the sun.” Phillippe Laine from Palm Beach, Florida, a festival favorite, offers one of a kind hand-painted silk fabric, and Heather Smotzer, fine jeweler, uses traditional metalsmithing techniques in modern designs. Fine art includes works by George Kocar and Brian James Jasinski of Grey Cardigan. Grey Cardigan is celebrating their ten year anniversary as one of the premier creative anddesign firms in the region.

The Lakewood Arts Festival was originally founded in 1978 to bring artists to the city for a street festival. In 1981 the Board of the non-profit decided to fund an annual scholarship for Lakewood seniors continuing to art school. After the Festival the Board will present $4,000 to the 2019 recipient, Lillian Horschke, who will attend the Ohio University Arts program this year. 

The event also funds grants for arts education and programming in the city. Recent awardees include H2O (Help to Others, middle-school students), The Barton Center (senior arts activities), The Beck Center for the Arts (Saturday programs), LHS Theater Program, LHS Photographic Arts programs and more. 

Live performance is another aspect of original art to appreciate at this years’ fest. Ten performers on two stages include music at the MARS STAGE and CENTER CITY PARK featuring Punchdrunk Tagalongs, Senegalese drummer Assane M’baye, Luca Mundaca with Alexis Antes, Chris Allen, Ki Allen Jazz, Ballinloch, Cats on Holiday and more.

EAT ON THE STREET food court is located in front of Lakewood Library on Detroit and will offer food trucks who also contribute to the scholarship fund.

Visit map and artist list, available July 19th.

Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019