Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ctownartparty's Live Art Festival to Showcase Live Painting, Fire-eaters, Food Truck, Film

A former meat-packing factory will be packed with art this weekend. Ctownartparty, a 3-year-old arts nonprofit, is holding its first Live Art music and art festival Saturday and Sunday in the Hildebrandt Building just south of Ohio City.

"We have jewelry-makers and ceramic artists in addition to normal fine artists who normally don't come out to events," says PR director Rachel Hunt. "We not only have crafters and fine artists, but we also have music and local filmmakers."

The event runs noon to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. It'll take place inside the Hildebrandt Building at 3700 Clark Ave., and in a courtyard outside the building.

The festival will include live painting, stilt walkers and fire-eaters, short films, more than 30 artists and crafters, and more than 20 bands and DJs throughout the day and night. Umami Moto, the food truck, and Foodgazi, a vegetarian and vegan catering company, will satiate hungry festivalgoers. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.

"We hope [everyone] buys as much art as possible and has as much fun as possible," Hunt says.

Ctownartparty is committed to connecting people to art regardless of their economic status, Hunt says. "In a very accessible way, we hope to show people that may not have been exposed to this what we have going on in our city."

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