"I started doing art shows full-time the year after I graduated IU. So I went from serving tables to full time juried art fairs," Spears said.
But Spears grew up going to art fairs. His father,
While a student at IU, Spears said he never heard about art shows. But participating in festivals such as the
"The amount of people that get to see your work; you can't beat the viewership of people that get to see your work. Some shows that I do get around 200,000 people in two days," Spears said.
"I like talking to younger kids who are really passionate about photography. That's always inspiring to see," he said.
This year, Spears had the honor of creating the festival's T-shirt, which features pottery by
Along with the art booths, visitors can also check out music and spoken word stages.
This year's stage will not only feature locals but performers from
Brewer said he models the event around a similar stage at an arts festival in
"I would love to get to that point," he said.
But the group is bringing back one big hit -- poetry on demand. Visitors can offer up a topic or word that will be turned into a poem. At the 2013 event, Brewer said there was a long line at last year's tent.
"I think we had four or five typewriters going at once. Just the sound of it happening, it really draws a lot of people," he said.
No vampires here
And if the 116 artists at the Fourth Street festival weren't enough, there is more artists to view at the third annual Bloomington Garlic Festival.
"Third time's a charm," said
While the focus here is garlic and healthy eating, the festival will also feature more than 30 artists and two days of musical entertainment.
The event will be in the
"We're going to roast garlic all day, which is new this year, which will bring a little smell to the park," Cox said.
The event is organized by
When it comes to reading food labels, Cox said he emphasizes how bad it is for food to have tongue-twisting names such as monosodium glutamate.
"If you can't read it, you shouldn't eat it," Cox said.
Kids who participate in the growing garlic for kids workshop will also get the chance to sample a garlic chocolate chip cookie.
"They're really good," Cox insisted upon hearing a uncontrolled groan when he mentioned this questionable treat.
But back to the art part of the event. The musical stage on Saturday starts at
At noon Sunday, M &
If you go
--Bloomington Garlic Festival is open
--The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts is open
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