Memorial Day weekend marks
the 36th anniversary of what began as a small street market with a few
devoted, if ragtag, artists. Today, the Paseo Arts Festival has grown
into an attraction boasting more than 80 visual arts booths for
fairgoers to peruse.
sculptors, ceramists, jewelers and fiber artists are all represented in
the three-day event. Although many are Oklahoman, some come from as far
away as New York and California.
I like the most is that we do try to be an organic festival,” said Jo
Wise, executive director of the Paseo Arts Association, who added that
the event is an opportunity to bring the artistic community together in a
vivid, meaningful fashion. “We really do encourage people to come and
express their artistic side … to not just be a buyer, but to participate
and enjoy it.”
For those planning a family outing, kids can enjoy making their own masterpieces at the three free Children’s Areas.
the petting zoo, they can mingle with cute critters and learn how to
care responsibly for the world they share with their furry friends.
fans are likely to find something to suit their tastes at the two live
performance stages. Among the 60 acts scheduled to perform are Edgar
Cruz, O Fidelis, John Calvin, Miss Brown to You, Dustin Prinz, Ali
Harter, Jessica Tate, Parker Millsap and Jumpship Astronaut.
musicians are invited to bring their own instruments and try their hand
at playing for tips along the district’s streets and walkways.
festival has also found a way to deal with the problem of litter, and
not with mere recycling bins. Visitors to the art show can contribute
their empty water bottles to a giant sculpture being created onsite.
is no admission for the event, but visitors may purchase Paseo Arts
Festival T-shirts and posters, as well as original artwork, to help
support the Paseo Arts Association, which sponsors community art
programs throughout the year. “We really try to make it an arts festival
for artists and people who appreciate art in all forms,” Wise said.
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