Courtesy Red Hot Art & Music Festival
This weekend, the Red Hot Art and Music Festival returns to Stevens Square Park with an explosion of visual art, music, food trucks, and interactive games. The festival, now in its 12th year, features special performances by Brave New Workshop and the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association, free bike tune-ups from the Hub, more than 100 artists (including Chuck U and J.M. Culver), and over 20 bands, such as Toki Wright, Zoo Animal, and Black Audience.
Ambivalent by Kara Hendershot
According to Matt Barthelemy, who is in his first year of organizing the Red Hot Art and Music Festival, the event typically attracts around 2,000 to 2,500 people over its two days.
Barthelemy brought in Regan Smith to coordinate the artists. The festival, as in years past, put out an open call for artists. Much like other summer art festivals, people pay to have a tent. However, Smith says that Red Hot aims to make the event as accessible as possible for emerging artists. For example, they offer a community tent for those who might not be able to afford their own space, or don't have enough art to fill a whole tent. They also work with artists on an individual basis, coordinating with them to share a space with another artist if they can't afford the whole entrance fee.
Artists this year include jewelry makers, ceramicists, zine makers, scarves and clothing designers, photographers, and a guy who makes art out of old vinyl records, in addition to an array of illustrators and painters.
Some of the more well known local artists include Chuck U, whose drawings are darkly comical, as well as J.M. Culver, who will be showing illustrations and jewelry. Also be sure to check out Eric Ritter's interesting sculptures using found objects, and Tim Holly's amazing puppets.
Kara Hendershot creates large-scale oil and mixed-media figurative paintings. While this is her first year at Red Hot Art, she has participated in many local gallery and open-studio events over the past decade because she's attracted to the interactions. "Developing and creating my work is often times a very solitary experience," she says. "So I enjoy moments when I can exhibit and share my work and meet new people."
The Red Hot Art and Music Festival
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Stevens Square Park