Arts festival brings ‘liveliness’ to Main Street
By Josh Shannon email@example.com
When Nicole Kristiana Logan set up a display of her paintings on the Academy Lawn on Saturday morning, she had no trouble selling her work.
“I set up by 10:30 a.m., and have been selling constantly,” Logan said. “It’s very exciting.”
The Bellefonte-based painter was one of 20 artists and crafters who participated in the fifth-annual Harvest Arts Festival, organized by the Newark Arts Alliance and sponsored by the Downtown Newark Partnership and the Newark Post. The event also featured performances by three local musicians, as well as face-painting and a children’s craft table.
The festival was timed to coincide with the University of Delaware’s Parents and Family Weekend, which brought heavy foot traffic to downtown on a crisp, sunny autumn day.
“The idea is to contribute to the liveliness of Main Street,” said Terry Foreman, who helped organize the event for the NAA.
She said the event drew between 500 and 750 people, many of whom were UD students and their parents.
“You can tell they’re dressed in their UD regalia,” Foreman said. “They’re here for the UD experience and come downtown and see this is here.”
The festival is also close enough to the holiday season that many visitors use it as a way to get started on their gift shopping, she added.
One of those visitors was Parise Moss, a Rhode Island resident in Newark to visit family. She spent time Saturday afternoon browsing Logan’s paintings.
“I love the unusual drawings. They’re beautifully done,” Moss said. “I just don’t know which one to pick.”
Logan paints with gouache, a type of opaque watercolor. She said the UD festivities were drawing a good crowd to her booth.
“I love to see the kids with their parents,” she said. “It’s a unique awkwardness.”
Across the lawn, Kathy Halloran Wisniewski, of Bear, was selling examples of her work – ink-on-glass drawings, embossed with gold leaf. She learned the technique while visiting North Carolina.
“I loved the vibrancy of the colors,” Wisniewski said. “I worked in acrylics and wanted for years to try something new, so I decided to try it.”