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Rock the 'Ville will power up the arts Uptown

Saturday event is the latest in the city's Year of the Arts celebration

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Artists of all trades -- from musicians to spoken-word artists to sculptors -- will fill Uptown streets and businesses from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 during Rock the 'Ville, an event that's part of the city's Year of the Arts celebrations.

Professional artists Alex Ferree, Felica Dunson, Mark Eberhardt, O'Linda Jansupka, Robert Feuillert, Stephanie Zimmerman and Jan Solari will decorate the sidewalks around State Street and College Avenue.

Families also are invited to join the chalk-art fun by decorating their own sidewalk squares. The cost to participate is $10 and chalk will be provided. Families can sign up through the event or contact Debbie Bennati, one of the event's organizers, at 614-599-0308.

Two tons of sand will be dumped in the parking lot of Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State St., where sculptor Greg Butauski and his team from Art the Experience will create a 4-foot tall sand sculpture. The entire process will take six to eight hours to create.

Two Uptown stages will feature a lineup of bands performing music from various genres, and dancers from local studios will perform throughout Uptown.

Uptown businesses also have created their own events to help celebrate the arts Saturday.

Participating businesses include:

•Amish Originals, 38 N. State St., will feature a lineup of musical groups from the Columbus Music Academy;

•Chocolaterie Stam, 79 S. State St., will offer face painting;

•Morgan's Treasure, 12 W. Main St., will highlight local watercolor artist Karen LaValley;

•Outside Envy, 15 N. State St., will offer "Rock Your Garden," rock painting for children;

•Java Central, 20 S. State St., will feature the works of central Ohio/Florida watercolor artist Darlene Erickson in the Java Gallery and hand-painted parasols by artist Cheryl Lyons in the boutique area, as well as other art throughout the shop. Spoken-word artists will perform from noon to 6 p.m., and singer and finger-style guitarist John Morgan will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.;

•A Gal Named CindaLou, 20 N. State St.; Deja Vu, 11 N. State St.; Westerville Antiques, 2 N. State St.; and Edwin Loy, 46 N. State St. will outfit models who will stroll through Westerville; and

•Pure Roots, 14 W. College Ave., will celebrate its grand opening.