The Steubenville Revitalization Group held its Art & Soul 2012, an art festival June 21 near the fountain area of Fort Steuben Park at 120 S. Third St., Steubenville.
The event featured art, artisans, food and music along with a community art activity to create two mosaics. One was of the Market Street Bridge, a colorful sketch of it done by Lillian Brue, the SRG's secretary, and adorned with donations of ceramic tile, pottery, colored marbles and glass.
The other mosaic was being created from donated memorabilia reflective of the Tri-State Area with visitors to the event welcome to actually work on it or the other mosaic.
Anne Ferbrache watches Diana Holcomb paint.
There were some interesting odds and ends for that one, including pieces representatives of the city's sesquicentennial, Lincoln School and St. John Medical Center.
Local musicians participating were Denny Jones, Madeline Nelson, Theresa Nelson, Marianna Schmiesing, Erin Grace, Abi and Nathan Hoyt, Neal and Friends and David Langley. The music featured everything from flutes and guitars to singers and bagpipes.
The point of it all was, in part, to have a nice event going on in a nice venue and to support the arts. The event mushroomed from last year, according to Susan Probert, SRG vice president, who said the 2011 installment involved displaying 100 works of art provided by four schools.
The duration of Art & Soul 2012 was such that it was going on in the midst of the Farmers Market that day and then as the Summer Concert Series unfolded that evening at the Berkman Amphitheater.
"One element of the SRG's mission is to promote culture in Steubenville," Probert said. "I love the local aspect for the festival using local artists, artisans, musicians and vendors," she said, adding that, "ultimately, we would like to do this as a weekend event. A day of art, music and food in downtown. More of all of them," she said.