Art lovers unite for annual Arts in the Alley

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Thousands of people from across the region descended upon the Town Center Park from Sept. 17-19 to participate in the 42nd annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival. The popular event, sponsored by the city of Grove City and the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, saw more than 20 artisans throughout the state set up booths for attendees to peruse their handcrafted wares and pick up a gift or two, or three or four, for themselves and others. Here, Urbana artist Lindsey Rooney works on a new piece that will become a mountainous landscape with a nebula overhead. She had several surrealist paintings that were inspired by nature on display.
One of the most popular destinations at the festival was the Kids Fun Street where young children like Carson Weber could make their own crafts. In this photo, the 5-year-old from Grove City gets an assist from his aunt Kendall Weber as he takes a break from designing a light switch plate to enjoy a corndog.
Members of the Grove City High School Show Choir perform a song and dance routine.
Dublin artist Sharon Huber sets up a display for her nature-inspired fabric bowls on this handcrafted piece of driftwood made by her father-in-law.
Allen Boyce, of Circleville, cuts a bar of homemade soap for a patron at the Elder Forest skincare and wellness booth.
While purchasing two “Dress Me Up Dolls” for her granddaughters, Libby Sommer (right) helps Lilly Kocak, 4, find the right outfits for her own. The Dress Me Up Dolls and their assortment of fabrics were created by Grove City artist Janis DeStefano.

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