Something for everyone at annual Fest of the Arts



Painters, sculptors, jewelry makers and wood workers lined up their wares around the Youngstown State University campus Friday for the 15th

annual YSU Summer Festival of the Arts, which begins today and goes through Sunday.

This marks painter and potter Catherine Kendrick’s third year at the event and she travels to other shows as well.

“This is the best one,” said Kendrick of Salineville as she arranged her artwork in her booth.

Kendrick’s acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings run from still life, to animals to landscapes. She especially likes painting horses and those pieces sell well too.

“It’s a beautiful setting,” she said of the YSU campus. “And Lori [Factor, festival coordinator] takes care of everything. I think if everyone knew how much fun it is, everyone would want to pay to be here too. It’s just a blast.”

The campus, the other artists and the attendees combine to make the festival an enjoyable event, she said.

Kendrick is one of 78 artists who will have their work displayed and for sale at the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Events are on and around the YSU campus and include music, food and ethnic displays and performances.

Kendrick began painting about three years ago as a way to take her mind off of a serious injury she suffered in a car accident and the surgery that followed.

She always appreciated art but didn’t believe she could do it.

But she persisted, working with a teacher and maintaining her focus.

“I love it,” Kendrick said.

Now she teaches others how to paint and tells her students how brave they are. It takes courage to put yourself out there, knowing that your early attempts won’t be successful and continuing to try, she said.

Factor said festival jurors select the artists from those who apply and keep the number about the same year to year. They try to ensure a variety of art to both allow artists to see a profit and to offer more for attendees.

Many artists return from one year to the next.

The two-day festival draws between 10,000 and 13,000 people each year.

Andrea Pollack of Aurora was setting up her booth for Windows in the Woods Workshop with help from her husband, Alan.

Pollack creates hand-cast cement leaves, using leaves from plants from her garden. Just about any leaf may be cast into art.

“Each one is one of a kind,” she said.

This marks her first

appearance at the YSU

Summer Festival of the Arts.

Pollack prints smaller leaves onto canvas, making wall and wearable art.

She also uses reclaimed wood to construct rustic garden furniture.

The “Leaf Lady” — so proclaimed on her license plate — began her brand of art

after many years in the jewelry business.

She and her mother are both avid gardeners, providing an almost constant source of material for her work.

“I always say you grow where you’re planted,” Pollack said.

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