The first year we had about 20 artists, a small stage with three bands. It was a little one-day event. We have now grown to over forty artists, many from out of state, six bands, two different stages.
Since I moved to Columbus, Ohio, a couple of years ago, as things started opening up from the pandemic, I started immersing myself into the art scene here. I have been taking part in as many art events as I can
There is a common theme in my work. It is usually a bonding relationship between humans and animals, especially dogs.
Finding out that this is an event that I can do. I like talking to people, being here all day and seeing people walk by and admire my work.
I have done it for years. I have worked at Via Colori as a charter artist many years ago.
I love it! That is what I think is so great about this opportunity. I tell this to my students, too. Art is not something that hangs and you look at. It can be something that you interact with.
Hot Times is one of the golden treasures of Columbus. It serves as a cultural bridge in our community. It is so important as everything changes in our city. It is so important to hold on to the cultures of the different communities. That is what Hot Times is about.
It is like I brought the outside to the inside of the vehicle. I have the fun world around me watching people giving me high fives and thumbs up.
I grew up in New York on Long Island. Me and my friends would get into trouble and spray paint on whatever we could. We didn’t have trains in my neighborhood; so, we painted on warehouses, eighteen wheelers, or whatever we could. I developed from there.
I do whatever I feel like painting or whatever the wall allows. I have no ideas; no expectations. I see what the wall wants painted.
Most of the time, I am trying not to stick in a certain theme. Most of the time, I will do letters. I will take the same letters and put them in different orders, different styles, change the way I do a 3D (dimensional), change the color, change the heights, change the widths, change the thickness, change the way they pop out.
There is so much positivity going on here. The Hilltop Arts Collective is a part of that. This festival has been around for eight years. It has always created a positive environment.
I am doing a tiger with a flower and a snake inside of it. It is like the area that we grew up in. It was kind of rough; but, there were nice communities which is the sweet side of things.
It was like going to an event not knowing if you were going to see anyone you know. Once you arrive, you feel at home.
I go with a vibe. I want to show that we are royalty, we are united, and we are loved.
I am part of the “Black Women Rise Poetry Collective”, which is a collective of black women poets in my city who perform poems and write poems. Who use poetry as their ministry.
Be prepared to walk, as festival was most of the riverfront (the Scioto mile, COSI, both Main Street and Rich Street Bridges, all the way to 400 W Rich Street, etc).
I decided to come up with eye catching paintings called “My shadow series” that have a lot of history in these paintings that they don’t teach us in school.
All of them are oil paintings. People get confused that they are photos and I have retouched them. These are all hand made.
I like to show how beautiful we are and what we deal with as people. I love using colors and telling a story.
I disguise cultural issues through humor and images that we have ingrained in ourselves.
Experiencing the collection could be a great place to start a familiar or difficult conversation.
Sidebar: I love viewing live art! The process speaks for itself.
Body paint is so wonderful. If I have an image, I can do everything.
I love viewing live art! The process speaks for itself.
I am thinking about going to the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). I don ‘t see myself pursuing basketball in college. If I were to get a scholarship, I would go.
I love this event! Even though I missed the opportunity to experience the art being creating live and only talked to one artist, I still enjoyed the art. The experience brought back fond memories of years past, being able to watch the artist create live, interact with the artists, and interact with those enjoying the art.
To me, this symbolizes that each person may have different dreams but are equally valuable. The key is giving back so others can grow and become who they are destined to become.
One Sunday morning I decided to take a break from my Covid-19 quarantine and take a car ride. While riding down Mt Vernon Avenue, I saw a sign that said, “Affirm Black Life”. I thought I saw an arrow, so I decided to park my car to investigate.
It is the largest fresh food distribution in central Ohio and one of the top twenty in the country. We are seeing more than seven hundred people a day.
I think that murals are my way of self-expression and protest. I have a new born; so, I’m not on the front lines. This is my way of having a voice in the fight. My message: is our goal is peace and equality.
I love the splash of color! In my opinion, it looks much better than seeing plywood all over downtown. It also allows residents and visitors to be exposed to and appreciate some of the talent of the artists who live in the area.
I love watching artists collaborate and create!
The piece with the toilet paper! As time goes on, it is easy to forget how scarce toilet paper was earlier this year. Toilet paper was almost like currency. Lysol is still hard to find! Who would have thought toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, and Lysol spray would be so scarce/valuable?
After the widespread access of videos showing horrific police brutality, the employees of Martini’s asked me to come down and leave a positive message for the community not only express grief, but also to provide comfort and solace.
I love seeing artists create live. One of my favorite festivals was cancelled (Columbus Arts Festival). I know, I know they had virtual activities. But, to me it’s not the same. I love being able to interact with the artists.
In my opinion this work represents unity. Just by viewing the artists pictures it is obvious that they are different. Each artist worked together bringing their talents to produce a cohesive piece.
In my opinion, it looks much better than seeing plywood all over downtown. It also allows residents and visitors to be exposed to and appreciate some of the talent of the artists who live in the area.
It was a true collaborative mural. Most of the community collaborative murals I see have an image ahead of time and the community comes and paints by numbers. This is unique because it basically was stay in your block, and your block becomes a part of the bigger picture.
My love has always been body painting. I have traveled the world to celebrate this love. The people I meet during the body painting events become my instant family.
In the interest of showcasing the talents of artist from around the world, we created other opportunities to feature their work.
I went back to school after I was an established artist to get credentials. When God gives you raw talent and you start to see more that can be associated with that talent, we must do as much as we can with that talent.
All the pieces in the exhibit were handpicked. I did studio visits. I had long conversations with the artists to make sure that I am representing them the way that they want to be represented. I want to show as much of the evolution of their work as possible.
This wall is rich in history and can cause us to be exposed to much of the history and culture that we might not know existed.
I loved this! The art balancing in the trees, above ground, all over the park, etc. seemed to flow with the wind.
I love this event! I agree with Thom Glick. The addition of the 8’ chalk cubes “pulls people into the event.”
I am from Pakistan. In Pakistan, I have been painting cars/trucks since I was seven (for 30 years).
I have several themes; the front is my love of hockey. I did music in the back because one of my sons is into music, I like the beach; so, on the doors, I have the beach, then I randomly put freaky things on.
I love this event! The artists interact with the attendees. Not only do we get to witness great art being created, but we get to connect with the artists. And its FREE!
We don’t plan anything ahead of time. We all came in with sketches. How everything works together happens the day of.
We are painting a little girl playing hop scotch. This girl is looking up to the sky moving forward one number at a time. She is not afraid and she is confident.
This piece is about the hope of the future in a cool kid that is a teen ager now. She is going to have to save the world because everyone else is too old to do it.
This piece is based on my heritage as a Navaho woman. I am showing different blankets that people wear or create.
Since I have year round allergies, I feel stuffy and my nose is running most of the time. My goal is to capture the aspect of being stuffy.
Fellowship around the arts has the ability to bring us together by starting a conversation (if we make the effort).
Today, I am doing John Lennon. I am named after Paul McCartney. I figure I would do John Lennon since it is the peace train.
I am part of the Chalk Guild. They told me about Summer Jam West and that is why my family is participating.
I love it! People come up and talk to you that never would. You can be parked somewhere random and people come over. It makes people happy.
The theme is the garden of good and evil. I have three art cars. This is my medium.
The picture doesn’t do the process justice. The part of me that rode skateboards, loves musical instruments, etc. wanted to stay a little longer and admire the work.