Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Downtown Olathe Arts Festival hosting events on June 29 & 30

Downtown Olathe Arts Festival hosting events on June 29 & 30

On June 29 and 30, The Downtown Olathe Arts Festival will host more than 100 juried artists exhibiting and selling original works of art at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in historic Downtown Olathe. A variety of mediums will be showcased, including live artistic performances throughout the event.

The festival will be held concurrently with the De’VIA Deaf Art Festival organized by the Deaf Cultural Center Foundation. This event will bring to Olathe a number of highly regarded Deaf artists, many of whom work in a genre known as “De’VIA”   (Deaf View/Image Art).

Mike Anderson, Chairman of the volunteer-run, Downtown Olathe Arts Festival Board, is excited about the collaboration: “We are honored that nine De’VIA artists are participating. We decided early in our organizing to support artists with disabilities and also younger, emerging artists.”

“We believe the power of art can transform lives and should be available to everyone,” Anderson said.  “To that end we decided to keep the event free of charge and have worked hard to make sure the venue is fully accessible for people with mobility challenges.”

Children’s activities include painting, jewelry making and sculpting.  The Doodle Bug – a popular attraction that allows kids to color on a white, Volkswagen Beetle – will also be on site.
Festival hours are 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 29, and 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 30.  More information, including videos of featured artists, can be found at 

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