OLD WASHINGTON — Numerous artists turned out for the Arts of All Sorts festival in Old Washington on Saturday.
The festival, hosted by the Ohio River Valley Artists Guild, featured a variety of artists, including basket weavers, painters, sculptures and musicians.
Inside Washington Hall, Francis Shirley and Karen Fulton created baskets.
“We’re doing baskets today,” she said. “We have a basket club every week and we do workshops on Saturdays for people to come. We just have fun making baskets. We’ll start with beginners and it goes from there. We usually have a small group with around six people or so, but we’d love to have more people.”
Shirley said the club is a part of ORVAG and had planned to set up during the festival.
“We’re a part of the organization, we were here last week and we’re here this week,” she said.
According to Shirley, anyone interested in being a part of the club can contact the organization and the materials will be ordered.
“It’s not very expensive,” she said. “Usually, we’ll only charge for materials.”
Shirley said Arts of All Sorts is a celebration of Washington Hall and the artists.
“(Saturday) is just a collection of artists, and anyone else, coming out to celebrate their work and it’s just as much a celebration of this building and the city of Washington,” she said.
Across the street from Washington Hall were several other artists and a few vendors.
At one stall, festival attendees were asked to stop and paint on poster board.
One boy, Brody Sims, was painting a tiger on the board.
“I’m making a tiger,” he said. “I even got my face painted.”
Brody Sims’ mother, Dora Sims, from Winchester, said they had not expected to go to the arts festival.
“It’s really cool,” she said. “We came over to visit Lil’ Jumbo and we saw them setting up, so we thought we’d stop by and check it out. We’re not from here, so we had no idea about it. My husband is from here, so we came down to visit, but we were happy to find this today.”
Dora Sims said she and her son had enjoyed their accidental find. After her son had his face painted, she purchased some art work.
“I bought a picture that was made out of wool,” she said. “It’s of a sweet pig and I’m so excited to put it up in my kitchen. It’s very nice and it’s been fun.”