Artiscape is expected to attract about 500 artists to Dublin April 13-15 for workshops, a marketplace and fair.

Artiscape is expected to attract about 500 artists to Dublin April 13-15 for workshops, a marketplace and fair.

Retreat organizer Lisa Ohmer said Artiscape has been going on for 10 years, but this will be the first time the Dublin Embassy Suites has played host to the event expected to draw people from 26 states and three countries.

"I think I would call it alternative arts or non-traditional arts," she said of the event. "There's some mixed media on canvas, but that's not what the event is. There's collage and metal work. It's all kind of a little bit funky. A little outside, as opposed to studio art, and a little more accessible."

Workshops will take place throughout the weekend on paper arts, bookbinding, collage, mixed media, jewelry, metalworking and other arts, with prices ranging from $51 to $118.

Many workshops were sold out as of press time and Ohmer encouraged people to pre-register.

"We do workshops in advance because quite a few sell out," she said. "There will be some on-site registration, but they sometimes ask for materials, so you need some basic stuff."

An Artist's Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, will feature art-supply vendors from all over the country.

The marketplace is open to the public and admission is $5.

"On Saturday we're having a special event. From noon to 3 p.m., there will be a scavenger hunt and anybody can take part in that," Ohmer said. "You can win a gift basket and there are other prizes, games and giveaways."

An Outsider Art Fair on Sunday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature jewelry, paper, book arts, glasswork, metal and other artworks for purchase. Admission is free.

According to Ohmer, the fair is similar to others held around central Ohio in the summer, but it offers many unique works.

"Most of the stuff is pretty one-of-a-kind," she said. "The Columbus Arts Festival is a wonderful event, but some of the stuff is done in mass production. These are more often done as one-of-a-kind jewelry and mixed media."

Most Artiscape events are open to the public, and Ohmer said Dublin residents should check out a new event in their backyard.

"People can come anytime on the weekend. The marketplace on Saturday has great supplies and samples," she said. "Sunday is for finished art. It's for doers and lovers."

Other Artiscape events include a Steampunk Street Faire-themed welcoming party on Friday, April 13, a women artists ball on Saturday, April 14, and Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea on Sunday, April 15.

Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win artist tools and supplies throughout the weekend for $1. Ohmer said proceeds from the raffle and other events will go to a charity selected during Artiscape.

"We've done a lot of charities: the Komen (cancer group), a school in Africa," she said. "This year we want to do something more art-oriented. We'll put some options out there and have attendees pick the one they like best."

For more information or to register for a workshop, look online at artiscape.com.