The Edmond Sun

April 22, 2013

Festival of the Arts kicks off today

By Kristine Meggenberg
Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Festival of the Arts is here and festival-goers can enjoy musicians, artist and chefs along with numerous interactive arts opportunities to get involved in the creative process in downtown Oklahoma City. Edmond’s Robin Thompson will be there featuring her array of watercolor paintings.

Thompson went to the University of Oklahoma on a full-ride scholarship for art. This is her 14th year to participate in Festival of the Arts and has sold more than 400 paintings. Thompson specializes in painting people. She enjoys capturing the emotion that people feel. Festival-goers also can bring her a photo in the memory of a loved one to paint or a moment that is captured in a picture they want to recreate.

Thompson’s booth is 33B and her painting range from $500 to $1,400. Together you can pick out the mat and frame so you are able to collaborate on your painting.

The festival opens today and runs through Sunday. The festival will be open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and no pets are allowed. Festival of the Arts takes place in downtown Oklahoma City. The actual event area stretches from Walker Ave east to Robinson, and from Reno north to Sheridan.

Festival of the Arts has four stages of performing arts entertainment ranging from elementary school performers to professional musicians. The festival features 144 artists from all over the U.S. Participants can treat themselves to dishes from more than 30 local vendors and stroll through rows of artist’s work.

To support the arts go to Oklahoma City’s oldest arts fundraiser on Festival grounds, in the Myriad Gardens Restaurant Space 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, visit http://www.artscouncilokc.com/festival-info.