Art will be celebrated along with herbs this weekend, thanks to students from Gahanna Lincoln High School's Community Art students.

Art will be celebrated along with herbs this weekend, thanks to students from Gahanna Lincoln High School's Community Art students.

An Herb N' Arts Fair will be at Creekside Island and the VFW Park, 75 W. Johnstown Road from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

It's being held in conjunction with Gahanna's annual Herb Day that will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Creekside Plaza, 117 Mill St., and the Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St.

"I think this is a really unique event because it was coordinated entirely by the GLHS Community Art students," said Sharon Iseringhausen, Gahanna Lincoln art teacher. "There are a lot of art fairs that occur, but these kids have really stepped up to the plate and have gone the extra mile to make sure that this is a huge success."

The Community Art class is a student-run and student-developed class Iseringhausen designed to develop community outreach showcasing the talents of Gahanna-Jefferson students in K-12.

Senior William Varney said the fair has been a long struggle and undertaking, but everything worked out.

"I think it will be a great festival for the community and a great way to end the year for the final," he said. "It all came together."

Iseringhausen said students were asked to brainstorm projects they had hoped would incorporate more art into the community.

"There were no restrictions during the brainstorming process, and they were encouraged to dream big," she said.

From that first brainstorming session, the students came up with their own final exam: a community arts festival.

Varney said the festival would include students from the high school drama department who would perform excerpts of the spring musical, "Shrek the Musical."

"We'll have about a dozen creation stations," he said. "There's one station where you use ink with fruits and vegetables to make a print."

The art of vocal and instrumental music also will be celebrated with performances by high school, middle school and elementary school students.

The Community Art students also initiated the re-creation of the Creekside Bridge Mural, Iseringhausen said.

In 2010, the Mural originally was installed under the bridge at Creekside, but over the years, it has sustained some weather damage.

Students from all 11 G-J schools helped create fresh new artwork with the theme of "Take a stand, lend a hand," Iseringhausen said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. to unveil the new mural.

Richard Duarte Brown, a local mural artist who helped with the design and creation of the middle schools design, will be in attendance.

"It looks incredible -- lots of color," Iseringhausen said.

Varney said the goal of the class was to raise $10,000 for the mural.

"We made $7,000 and got what we needed with the $7,000," he said.

For more information about the Herb N' Arts Fair or the Community Art class, visit glhscommunityart@gmail.com.