Fest seeks work from artists over 50

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Spring in central Ohio can’t be too far off when Columbus Recreation and Parks starts seeking work for its annual Arts Fest.

The call is going out to artists and crafts people in central Ohio over the age of 50 to submit two pieces of art work for the Arts Fest that will be held May 14-21 at the Martin Janis Center on the edge of the Ohio Expositions Center.

This year’s theme is “Enchantment Under the Sea,” but work does not have to follow that theme, said Pam Northrup of the Gillie Center who is in charge of the project.

“There will be a special prize for the item best related to the theme,” she added.

Any form of arts and craft is welcome, from visual arts and crafts to poetry and literature.

“Items should have been made since the person turned 50 or in the last five years,” said Northrup.

Central Ohio, she said, includes Franklin and the surrounding counties—Madison, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield and Pickaway.

Entries should be ready to display. Paintings or visual arts should be framed and ready to hang.

Literature and poetry should be typed or printed and easy to read. She suggested that written work be slipped into plastic sleeves for display. If the piece is more than one page, she suggested that the work be submitted in a binder.

With writing being a more difficult craft to display, authors are being given an opportunity to read their work at 1 p.m. May 20, which has been set aside as a spring poetry and writing day.

Artists and crafts people can submit their work between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. April 19 at the Martin Janis Center. Submission forms are available by calling 614-645-3106.

The work will be catalogued and set for display for the show that opens May 14. The show is open to the public. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. on May 17, and closed on May 18. There is no charge for parking at the center.

For more information, go online to www.columbusrecparks.com

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