Jen Belt has a self-described tree fetish.

"Tree people get me," said the local artist, whose work will appear at Art Crawl, slated for Saturday, July 15, in German Village.

"My tribe shows up in my booth because they see the trees."

Art Crawl, sponsored by the German Village Business Community, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. in Macon Alley between Frankfort and East Whittier streets.

Admission is $20 and includes food tastings, two beverage tickets, live music and access to the work of 35 artists, who will set up booths in garages along the alley.

Tickets can be purchased at germanvillage.com. If there are any remaining tickets they will be sold for $25 at the gate.

The featured demonstration artist this year is painter Jim Oberst, known for his landscapes and seascapes.

Belt is the owner of Ruby Rose Studio in Orient, where she lives. She builds her tree images - always without leaves - on wooden panels created by her husband, Jim, a carpentry enthusiast.

The base of Belt's images begins with a colored background and surface of textured plaster.

She uses a heavy liquid resin to create the tree trunk and limbs. When it dries, metallic leafing material is applied. A polyurethane coating helps protect the artwork and gives it a slight glimmer.

Belt said she's looking forward to being part of the Art Crawl this year.

"It's really fun to turn all of these garages into art galleries," she said.

Bonnie Beth Mitchell, volunteer coordinator for the Art Crawl, said the event offers a lot of activity packed in several blocks.

"It's easy to see everybody and every artist," Mitchell said. "And that's what everybody likes."

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