Community celebrates 43 years of Arts in the Alley

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce presented the 43rd annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival from Sept. 16 – Sept. 18. Thousands of people from across the region attended the event that was held at Town Center Park. In addition to hosting live music from local musicians and area school show choirs, the festival also featured a children’s play station to nourish their creative spirit (a.k.a. to keep them entertained and busy) and had more than 30 artisan booths set up for the adults to peruse and purchase handcrafted wares from artists near and far. Here, Central Crossing High School students Maggie Bostard (left) and Tre Howard perfect their lemonade making skills at the festival. The school’s choral and theater department were selling the beverages as a part of a fundraising effort for their respective clubs.
Cheryl Ames and Chris Kemme are all smiles as Cam Kamme, 2, discovers a set of stickers that attracts his fancy.
Budding chalk artist David Kamper works on his geometric shapes at the Kids’ Fun Street. The 8-year-old Grove City resident, who was covered with chalk after creating this piece of street art, said he had a great time working on his skills.
James Klinger, a resident of Yellow Springs, highlights a piece in his expansive collection of Raku pottery. Klinger said he has been creating pieces using the popular Japanese style for more than three decades because it gives him a sense of “serendipity” when he is at work.
Grove City Hall was the site of numerous works of art on display. These two pieces, “Blue Girl” by Danica Barreau on the left, and “Depth of Beauty” by Teresa Arrasmith on the right, are two examples of the wide array of styles featured.
D. Lyons, of G-code Print 614, showcases some of the 3-D creations he is working on. The golden toilet in his hand is actually a holder for cigarette butts and ashes.
Columbus resident Andy Fagan checks out this colorful quilt by Amy Swanson at the Quilt Showcase. He said that although he is not a quilter himself, he can appreciate a beautiful piece of work like the ones that were on display.
Mary Williams is a cake decorated by trade, but in her free time she creates working clocks made out of spools and pallets. Several of her creations, which often take several weeks to finish, were sold at the event.
Stephanie Bennink, of Senses Taker’s Boutique, has a bit of fun with her mantis hat as she talks to customers at her booth. She said the mantis headgear was the only surviving part of a Halloween costume. “It sadly disintegrated, but I was able to preserve this cool headgear,” she quipped.



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