Artists and performers of all types are being sought for "Paper the Town with Art" the first event for the Grove Springs Cultural District.

The arts festival focusing on original work from Grand Lake area artists will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, in Grove. 

About the Festival

This is the first year for this event. Funding is provided, in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council's Cultural District Initiative program.

“The development of a cultural district can illuminate our unrecognized local artists and bring their work onto the community stage,” said Suzanne Boles, festival coordinator. “It may lead to more social bonding within our community and the wider area around the lake.”

The Grove Springs Cultural District is a geographic area which includes not only artists and art businesses, but cultural facilities, entertainment businesses and organizations with activities and assets that express a value for the arts and its potential influence.

The anchor for the district is the C2 zoned, downtown district in Grove, while arts and humanities organizations throughout Grove are considered satellite locations.

The festival is designed to include a wide range of artistic expression such as high or fine arts, as well as popular, ethnic and commercial artists, cultural industries and historic preservation, to name a few.

It will include, but not be limited to, visual and performing artists of all ages and disciplines, film-makers, craftspeople, fiber artists, digital and media artists, culinary artists, designers and architects.

How to take part

Booth spaces for visual artists, writers and photographers remain available on a first come, first serve basis, on the Grove Community Center lawn for those registering by Friday, Aug. 25.

Performers - soloist, part of a small group, or a large group - who want to showcase their talents are invited to join in the fun.

The entry form includes a list of types of art and performers who may take part in the event. It also include contact information in the event of questions.

Note for Businesses 

Have a business in Grove and want to promote art? The possibilities are endless. Business owners may want to highlight the work of an artist or performer during the festival.

Businesses throughout Grove are invited to take part. A program book will list all of the participants during the festival.

To Register 

Forms for visual artists, performers and business sponsors may be picked up at from 11 3 p.m., Monday through Friday at Heart & Soul Gallery, 5 East Third, Grove, or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m., on Sunday, at Redemption Implements, 27 West Third, Grove. Forms are available on Facebook by searching Grove Springs Cultural District.

Visual artists may mail their forms, with the required items, to the Brush & Palette Club at P.O. Box 452187, Grove, while performing artists and businesses may return the completed form to The Playmakers, P.O. Box 450236, Grove, by the Aug. 25 deadline.

Persons needing more information, may contact Suzanne Boles at 918 786 5871.