City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Emerging Artists

Established to provide an opportunity for artists beginning their careers as festival artists, the Emerging Artists’ Program invites emerging artists interested in pursuing a career as a festival artist to apply, jury and exhibit their art for the first time as a festival artist exhibitor. In a supportive environment, the participating emerging artist can try exhibiting their artwork in a new venue and learn from established Festival artists, specifically, through a mentoring program. Previous Emerging Artists have applied in the established festival application process in recent years and have been accepted and are now participating in shows all over the country.

Support the next generation of festival artists and stop by the talented Emerging Artists’ tents. 

Jeannette Everling | Leather, Booth #46
I use both veg. tan leather as well as pre-dyed leather. The veg. tan leather is what I use to carve and tool the designs. I then either use leather dye or acrylic paint or sometimes a combination of the two. I hand cut, carve and tool all my work. When stitching I use a saddle stitch which I do by hand. On the pieces that call for it I both edge and burnish the edges of my work to give them a nice smooth edge. Every piece is slightly different even when using the same design due to the nature of leather and my hand carving and tooling I will never get anything exactly like anything else. It will look close but not exact. I select the leather thickness and firmness appropriate for each project to insure the item performs as I intended it to. I put lots of care, time and effort into each piece that I make, and I make it the best that I can.

Scott Gordon | Wood, Booth #65
I have a passion for finding natural beauty in wood and transforming that into artwork. My earlier works relied strictly on natural colors and finding the right combination of species. While continuing to produce all natural-colored pieces, I have also started to use the finished product as a 3-D canvas adding colors through both paints and dyes.  However, even when adding color, the exquisiteness of the wood is the factor that inspires my work.  Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". I find the innate splendor in the wood and include the burls and knots; in other words, I pick up where Mother Nature left off. Sometimes, this may make the object functionally unusable, for example as a bowl; artistically, however, the outcome is the only one of its kind.  The beauty of the object will far outweigh the functionality every time.

Many of the pieces I produce, however, are designed with function as well as form.  End-grain cutting boards are designed to be used for countless years and salad bowl sets are completed with food-safe finishes.  Imagine preparing the meal and serving your dinner guests with pieces of natural artwork.

Pam Greulich | Wood, Booth #76
My work is hand-crafted with a lens on the natural beauty of the wood. Each piece is hand-selected live edge wood that is kiln dried processed or reclaimed wood as oak barrels displaying the unique grain and finish.

Hillary Manalo Lockerman | Painting, Booth #26
I am endlessly fascinated with the idea of parallel universes and other worldly dimensions, alternate realities, and the infinite timelines that may exist. I believe there is much we are incapable of perceiving about our surroundings. To represent this unknown, I create an abstract interpretation by streaking colors across the surface of the painting either with a squeegee or a knife. These colors are often a little darker and a little more chromatic than the cloud and sky that I’m envisioning for the painting. I repeat with various layers to achieve more dimension. Then I incorporate a cloudscape using lighter colors into these abstract worlds. My objective is to link the unknown with a subject matter that is familiar to all of us -- clouds. I find peace by watching clouds, and I feel this process of working from dark to light is also metaphorical for the journey to finding peace

As an emerging artist you will be juried separately from the festival artists and will have a separate booth area to display your artwork.  The emerging artist program is designed for artists who've not had booths at Festivals and are looking to make a career change. 



Emerging artists can apply through as an Emerging Artist and exhibit your art for the first time in an arts festival. Create an artist profile, upload 4 images, 3 images of your work and one of your display (if you do not have a display include another image of your work) and complete your application for the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. By entering the coupon code for the year's jurying (ldafea16); the jury fee will be waived. Emerging artists are juried separately from the festival artists and will have a separate booth area (10x10') to display your artwork.  Depending on the medium, prints of your work or in fact a variety of price points offered to consumers will help make your work more marketable.  You will need a vendors license to do business.  Emerging artists are given all the same information that established artists receive, and follow up calls and emails to help you through the process.  We also give you the names of mentor artists and schedule brief meetings in June and August to address any concerns.  On site Staff helps you with the set up of your booth if needed and checks in throughout the day to make sure your experience is positive.  For this year, we will have 4 emerging artists at the Festival.  Our application will be open January 1- February 15.  Get in touch when you decide to apply and I'll help as best I can.  You may want to visit the Festival this year and see everything for yourself. 

Emerging artist missed zapp deadline:

Send the applicaton form

Proposals must include the following:
(Please take pains to adhere to these parameters, otherwise excellent work may be passed over)
• 4-digital images of work. Digital format requirements: Baseline JPG, 960 pixels horizontal/ 960 pixels vertical, 300 dpi, image file size must be less than 1.8 MBs
• Image list including title, medium, dimensions, and date completed
• Contact information including: Name, Date, Address, Phone, E-mail, Web site, Media
• An artist statement and brief description of artwork