July 29 in downtown Johnstown
Art on the Square to feature 20 artists
Carolotta Hopkins, a former cosmetologist, said she couldn't bear to be at home with nothing to do following back surgery a few years ago.
"I had to do something artistic," she said.
So she began to hand-paint glassware and other related creative things, like turning wine bottles into wind chimes. She said she looks forward to showing her art to the Johnstown community July 29 at Bigelow Park, where Downtown Johnstown Inc. is sponsoring the first Johnstown Art on the Square festival from 4 to 9 p.m.
"All of those items will be there," she said.
Festival chair Pat Kramer said the festival would feature 20 artists, as well as music, vendors, stained-art glass, wood art, laser art, glass art, chalk art, watercolors, jewelry, clay jewelry and graphic-design art, among other media.
"It all kind of came together at the last minute," Kramer said.
She said Roger Bishop of Hypersounds Entertainment would donate music and musical amplification to the festival, and vendors will include Tropical Ice and Johnson's Gourmet Mobile Cafe, which specializes in brats, hot dogs and sausages.
"I think people will be pleasantly surprised," said Hopkins, who anticipates a strong collection of local talent.
She said it's important for people to support Johnstown businesses and community events.
"I'm excited about this," she said. "This is a fantastic thing for the village."
Kramer said the list of artists includes Clancy's Fun Photos; Scott Ashbrook of Alley Art and his students; who will have a booth and create sidewalk art; Amy Humphrey; Leanne Bishop; Julie Barker; Jodi Wilkenson; Charles Kramer; Jassen Holderby; Hopkins; and Adam Gosnell, who works at Pataskala's Ryder Engravings.
"It'll be really cool frames and personalized gifts," Gosnell said.
He said he's excited to display laser etchings of historic Johnstown scenes on leather.
"There'll be a variety of things," including imprinted koozies with Johnstown photos, he said. "It should be a good time to see what local artists have for the community."
Other Downtown Johnstown Inc. events this year include the farmers market, from 9 a.m. to noon through Sept. 15, and the Cupola Classic Cruise-In, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9.