The "Y" Bridge Arts Festival came to a close this evening proving to be a major success after only its third year.
Shortly after Coordinator and Artist Linda Regula moved to Zanesville she approached the Mayor, County Commissioners and ODOT for permission to shut down the ‘Y’ Bridge and to celebrate the local artists. She said despite their first reaction it was only about 2 months later she was granted permission. She said the first year was not easy and only 15 tents participated.
"I had to beg, bum and borrow to get people involved," said Regula. "The second year, not so much we had 17 tents, this year we had 18 tents."
18 Tents – not to mention the 72 booths representing more than 200 artists from throughout the country. This year’s winner for "Best Overall Artist" was Russ Shaffer. Shaffer is a full-time art teacher who used his talents as a second job to help raise his family. He said he travels throughout the Tri-State area and could not believe the success behind Zanesville’s-only third-Art Festival.
"You don’t do this for awards or anything, you do it because you need to make money," explained Shaffer. "But when you do get this honor and it’s from somebody that really sees what you put behind your work."
Artists were judged based on quality, booth presentation and visitor interaction.