Art and culture will make their return to Boettler Park on Aug. 23.

Art and culture will make their return to Boettler Park on Aug. 23.

The city of Green’s 10th-annual art-A-palooza fine arts festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the park’s main pond, featuring a range of art, entertainment, food and a children's activity area to creative what event organizers hope will be a fun, festive atmosphere. The festival itself will last for seven hours, but at least one part of the day will have a much longer-lasting effect on the park and community.

As part of the festival, city officials commissioned a work of art to be completed and placed at Boettler Park on a permanent basis. Organizers selected local artist Kristina Malcolm for the project and with a background in metal working and several years spent honing her craft in California, Malcolm developed an idea that incorporated the community while also representing the spirit of the festival. After being commissioned, Malcolm received minimal funding to assist in the project and set out to complete the 7-foot-tall vision she came up with.

“It’s a community piece. The call to artists was for a piece of sculpture and my background is in sculpting and metalsmithing, so I decided to make a metal piece and that was a sculptural community piece for Summit County because I’ve lived here all my life,” Malcolm said.

Once she had the idea for the community quilt, Malcolm set up two days for anyone who wanted to take part to come to the Green Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library to etch their design of choice on a small copper square. With small hammers and chisels, Green residents of all ages came to the library’s multi-purpose room to be a part of the project.

A wooden board off to the side of the room laid out the general space for the quilt, but its final design was largely determined by the input of each person who participated. According to Malcolm, that interactive spirit was central to her vision for the display.

“I’m just trying to celebrate communities, to give back and focus on getting people involved in the community,” Malcolm said. “It’s very interactive and I consider it a performance piece as well. I can see it metamorphasizing into many different things.”

When art-A-palooza kicks off at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23, Malcolm’s work will be on display for visitors to enjoy. The festival will feature more than 150 artists, with a jury judging the entries. It includes work from a range of mediums, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, photography and jewelry. Applicants had to meet a May 31 deadline for their entries and were limited to one category.

The mission statement of of the festival is “to provide a high quality arts experience as well as scholarship opportunities for our community.” It has grown steadily over the past decade and this year’s event will include a children's tent with make-and-take art and face painting, live entertainment throughout the day and a raffle.

Proceeds will benefit the Green Arts Council’s scholarship fund.

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