Now in its 41st year, the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts will once again welcome 120 visual artists to Bloomington over Labor Day weekend. The festival is run by local volunteer artists and draws 40,000 visitors to Fourth Street annually to peruse everything from photography to handmade wood furniture, and much more. Blown glass creations, abstract landscape paintings, textiles, and stoneware will also be available.
The juried show includes not only local and regional artists, but also artists from across the nation. Among those present will be watercolor painter Cathy Hillegas, pewtersmith Rebecca Hungerford, painters Daniela and Vladimir Ovtcharov, and metalsmith and jewelry-maker Youngjoo Yoo.
For the seventh year, the festival’s Spoken Word Stage will include storytelling, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, live radio theater, and more, and the Music Stage will feature performances from local and regional musicians. Information Alley will provide materials on 18 nonprofit arts organizations, with representatives of those groups present to provide additional information and answer questions. The Community Art Zone, an interactive experience for children, will feature The Art of Storytelling, a project from the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation. Also available for perusal will be the exhibit Artists of the Future from Bloomington’s North and South High Schools, showcasing artwork created by local high school students.
The Fourth Street Festival will be held on Saturday, September 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fourth Street between Lincoln Street and Indiana Avenue, near the Indiana University campus.