Though the Deep Ellum Arts Festival has a long history, this year’s event (held April 5-7, 2013) was my first experience. As a lover of art and festivals, I’ve been to many art festivals, but none as exciting as this one.
From the scent of savory foods to the sound of stimulating instruments, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival was well-equipped to satisfy nearly every sense, even one’s sense of curiosity. And satisfy it did.
With such a subjective subject matter, art festivals easily become a bore, or simply single-minded. However, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival avoided that trap by bringing together artists who were varied, impressively non-traditional and widely talented. A myriad of styles and art forms were represented, including glass, mixed-media, ceramics, jewelry, metal and many others.
Notably, the festival is intended for adults. Small children aren’t unwelcome but may be bored. Not being small, I drug my fourteen year old son along. He, of course, insisted that he didn’t like art festivals and resisted going, but ultimately had a great time. Not only did it open his mind to broader cultures, but it also opened his mind to broader artistic possibilities.
The event is pet-friendly with a pet parade included. I didn’t get to attend the day of the pet parade, but enjoyed the added perk of glimpsing adorable four-legged companions now and then.
With so much to take in, so many viewpoints represented and such amazing talent, The Deep Ellums Arts Festival is a must attend event for 2014.