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Omaha’s Favorite Annual Festival Returns June 10-12

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Omaha’s Favorite Annual Festival Returns June 10-12

The second weekend in June, the 37th annual Omaha Summer Arts Festival will fill the streets of downtown Omaha with art, music, children’s activities, food and more.

A wide variety of exquisite artwork created by more than 135 juried artists from across the country will be available to browse and buy.  Selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants by a jury of local and regional art professionals, this year’s artists represent 30 states in the U.S.  For a sneak-peak at the artwork available at the year’s festival, visit the Artist Gallery online at  www.SummerArts.org

The Festival’s Featured Artist, Omaha watercolorist Katrina Methot-Swanson, created an original oil painting depicting colorful cut flowers to represent this year’s event.  The vibrant orange, pink, red and gold flowers shout summer while the red brick background evokes the Festival’s urban location in downtown Omaha.           

While at the Festival, the public will have the opportunity to interact with local artists and watch live artist demonstrations.  Presented in partnership with downtown art galleries, Omaha’s ArtSeen will feature clay-throwing, lamp work, glass beading, paper-making and more in tents interspersed throughout the Artists’ Market. 

Those inclined to make and take their own art can participate in an eco-friendly art project provided by the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA).  AIGA members will oversee the repurposing of billboard vinyl into attractive bags.  Demonstrations will also be provided by prominent local artists affiliated with the Omaha Clay Works, Passageway Gallery, Old Market Artists Gallery and others.

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