CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492
jgoldstein@gcac.org

May 18, 2010

FASHION-SAVVY SHOPPERS FLOCK TO THE COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL

Columbus, Ohio – Fashion-savvy shoppers on the lookout for signature pieces know that the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable June 4, 5 and 6 in downtown’s Discovery District is the perfect place to find finely crafted, one-of-a-kind, wearable works of art.

More than 40 local and national artists specializing in jewelry, leather and fabric designs will offer an eclectic assortment of apparel and accessories at a variety of prices ranges at this year’s Festival.

Searching for that perfect statement necklace? Festival goers should look to Columbus’s own Deborah Close, who specializes in working with beautiful stones and sterling silver. Or for a little bit of whimsy, check out William Wolfe and Mary DeMarco of Baltimore, MD whose nature-inspired pieces include carved Lucite, copper, enamel, glass beads and crystal accents.

Those looking for a one-of-a-kind handbag should stop to see Lori O’Neill, of Santa Rosa, CA with her textured handbags made from the finest jacquard, silk and linen fabrics and detailed with gems and semi-precious stones.

For artful leatherwork, Horace Thomas, from Belton, TX—in his fourth year at the festival—makes angular and modern leather belts and bags.

The pragmatic visitor will appreciate a longtime Festival-favorite—artisan leather sandals crafted by Dave and Vanessa Piper of San Antonio, TX.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 224-2606 or visit the Columbus Arts Festival’s website at www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artists and for more information about the artists featured here.

The Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors include: American Electric Power, State Auto Insurance Companies, The Motorists Insurance Group, Giant Eagle and The Westin. Media sponors are WOSU and alive! Additional media support provided by CD101, Classic Hits 103.9/WMNI. WCBE, WBNS 10TV and Ohio Magazine.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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