Edmond resident Kelly Killough is also known to many arts festival-goers as “the caricature guy.”
Caricature artists are a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way. Killough is also a full-time professional artist and a longtimer at the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival, which begins Friday.
The increasingly popular free event, presented by the Downtown Edmond Business Association, will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and May 3 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4. It will feature more than 100 artists, live entertainment, face-painting, inflatables, sidewalk chalk activity and food vendors.
If you want your caricature drawn and there’s a line at Killough’s booth near closing time, don’t fret.
“I draw everyone that wants to be drawn,” Killough said as he was setting up his booth Thursday afternoon. “I’ll stay late if necessary. I enjoy doing it for a living.”
Nearby, Karen Bridges, of Amarillo, Texas, was setting up her booth. She said her business, called Fork it Over, creates vintage jewelry out of silverware, coins and recycled copper. Bridges has been coming to the Edmond festival for the last few years.
“It’s a fantastic show,” Bridges said.
Other Downtown Edmond Arts Festival attractions include:
• Bryanne Wallace said organizers are excited to announce two family friendly concerts. On Friday, guests can enjoy Matt Stansberry & The Romance, sponsored by Oklahoma Christian University. On Saturday, guests can enjoy The Wise Guys, sponsored by The Meat House. Both concerts will be at 7 p.m.;
• Art demonstrations at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, 27 E. Edwards St.;
• Chalk the Walk from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Festival Market Place, 30 W. First St.;
• A large childrens’ area with inflatables and other fun things to do;
• Individuals working with different artistic media from noon-5 p.m. May 3 and from noon-3 p.m. May 4 at Festival Market Place; and
• Entertainers from many of Edmond’s public schools and the University of Central Oklahoma will be on street corners.
No pets or ice chests are allowed.
Festival Market Place will close at 6 p.m. April 30. There also will be temporary street closings beginning at 7 p.m. May 1. Drivers should be aware of the following closings: Broadway at Second Street north to Hurd; First Street west to the railroad tracks and east to the alley; Main Street east and west to the alley and the alley from Second Street to Main. Streets will reopen at about 9 p.m. May 4.
This year the Arts Festival will benefit Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care, an organization that provides comprehensive services to women in unplanned pregnancies, couples wishing to grow their families through adoption and foster families and children. Lilyfield will have a booth at the Arts Festival and will be selling chances to win a gift basket with various items from downtown Edmond merchants.
Tour bus and handicap parking will be available off Main Street and Broadway behind Othello’s.
The CityLink Edmond Transfer Center at Festival Market Place will relocate during the Arts Festival. Park and ride from outer areas of Edmond are also available with CityLink. For more information, visit
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