City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Best of the Fest

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival
Best of Show Awards

Each year at the Arts Festival, two judges review the artwork of the festival to honor participating artists with awards. Thank you to jurors Lisa McLymont and Casey Bradley for your thoughtful review of the artists participating in the Festival. The Judges select four winners- best of show, first place, second place and third place. The Awards Presentation takes place on the main stage at 1:00 p.m.

Best of Show takes home $600, first place receives $300, second place wins $250, and third place gets $200. Along with the monetary award, the four winners are automatically invited back for the 2014 Labor Day Arts Festival without being juried. Each year award-winning festival artists will receive original artwork created by Don Dodrill, the artist who started the festival in 1966.


Congratulations to the 2017 award recipients:

Best of Show

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Thomas BotheCeramics
I like the challenge of once firing as well as taking a 2D sketch and converting it into a 3D object using the wheel as a tool. I try to create pieces with a sense of calmness through surface and a level of sophistication through form. I use traditional throwing and hand-building techniques and decorate by spraying wood-ash and multiple glazes. Many people have said my work reminds them of trees. I spray the work because the subtle nature of the layered glazes has great appeal for me. It is important that the form has a balance and harmony with its components. I put careful consideration on the proportion, weight, shape, color and design of the form.

First Place

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Kaname and Sumiko Takada | studiotakadaCeramics
We make functional and decorative pieces that we want to use and display ourselves.
We would be very happy if our pieces can bring enjoyment to people who use them.

Second Place

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Deborah and Paul Bahm | Schoolhouse Woodcrafts, Wood
We are wood turners, with an emphasis on fine art vessels as well as usable birdhouses & other items. The wood used is gathered by the artists. We recycle fallen trees into art.

Third Place


Diane MarkszJewelry
Each piece is hand fabricated utilizing various forming techniques including fabrication, air chasing, forging.