Experience the Art at ARTapalooza!

posted by Emily Yaddof on Friday, September 02, 2016

ARTapalooza on Main

Let us paint you a picture. Imagine you are strolling down the brick sidewalk of downtown Cedar Falls on a beautiful, sunny September day. A slight breeze carries the soft strains of a lovely melody to your ears. Excited children show off their newly painted faces to their parents. And there is art everywhere; on the streets, on the sidewalks, under tents, and in store windows. Art is even being created right before your eyes. This quaint scene is actually not a picture at all; it’s a real-life celebration of the arts on Main Street in downtown Cedar Falls!

Talented artists from all over Iowa will be featured in this year's show. Shop for a variety of artwork, including ceramics, paintings, metal sculptures, fiber, jewelry, photography, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media, among others. 

Facepainting at ARTapaloozaARTapalooza is more than just a showcase of fine art. It’s an interactive art experience! Local businesses, including  Cedar Valley Art & Wine,  Hatchlings and Hens, and World’s Window, will be providing free art activities for both children and adults.  The Hearst Center for the Arts will also have free face painting, q-tip pointallism, and pet rocks at their booth in the 200 block of Main Street!


New this year, we are excited to announce we’ve partnered with the Youth Art Team to create a collaborative masterpiece on the street! Student artists from right here in the Cedar Valley will be working at the intersection of 3rd and Main to create a mural using chalk. The public is invited to participate as well!

Kathleen Roling at ARTapalooza

If your appreciation of the arts stems more from an observation standpoint, be sure to stroll down to the intersection of 2nd and Main where professional street chalk artist, Kathleen Roling, will be returning to ARTapalooza again this year to create another beautiful masterpiece! Our friends from the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center are bringing their 360 photo booth too. Strike a pose and they’ll take a photo of you from every angle and email it straight to your phone so you can show your friends how much fun you are having at ARTapalooza! Look for them on 2nd Street between SingleSpeed and Toad's.

ARTapalooza is a showcase of more than just decorative art. We also feature a wide range of local musicians! Linger at Cup of Joe or at the corner of 4th and Main to hear a variety of musicians throughout the day including the Cedar Falls High School Jazz band, the UNI Suzuki School of Music, the UNI Jazz Ensemble and a variety of musicians from the Cedar Valley Acoustic Guitar Association.

That’s a lot of activities to pack into one day! But these days, the world of art is truly limitless and we have lots of amazing local artistic talent that we want to show off! So save the date and make plans to experience the art at ARTapalooza on Main on September 10th from 9am to 4pm in downtown Cedar Falls.

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About The Author

Emily Yaddof has been eating, shopping and living local in downtown Cedar Falls since she moved to town in August 2012. As the Events & Promotions Coordinator for Community Main Street, she spends most of her time working with local businesses and volunteers to make downtown Cedar Falls a pla ... read more