An explosion of art


By Kristy Zurbrick
Madison Editor

The Plain City Events Committee will wrap up its second season of Artsplosion on Aug. 15.

Held once a month in June, July and August, Artsplosion is a gathering of 30 to 40 vendors from Plain City and the surrounding area selling handmade, artisan crafts. The booths are set up on South Chillicothe and Gay streets around the bicentennial flatiron in the center of Plain City. Hours for Aug. 15 are 6 to 9 p.m.

“We have a wide variety of vendors,” said Leslie Perkins who co-chairs Artsplosion with fellow Plain City resident Colleen Davis.

In addition to greeting cards, paintings, collage art, ceramics, jewelry and pillows, some of the more unusual items for sale include dryer balls made with alpaca fibers, hero capes for children and customized hula hoops. Homemade cookies, jams and other goodies also are part of the mix.
“We welcome more vendors. It’s free to set up. You just have to register,” Perkins said.

To sign up for a booth space, send a message through the “Contact Us” tab at or email Perkins at There is still time to sign up for the August event.

Besides shopping for handmade goods, visitors can enjoy live music and food, two new additions to the Artsplosion experience. For the August Artsplosion, soloist Jason Hoskins will perform. Food vendors will include Dan’s Deli, SZNZ Meats, Fat Boy Concessions and stands selling kettle corn and Italian ice.

“We hope to grow from here,” Perkins said. “We would like to have more events downtown, and this is a start.”

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