The will feature the work of 150 artists, and Cleveland Heights Patch has selected a few to tell you about. We'll provide a brief profile of one artist each day leading up to and during the event.
Before John Boyett of Canton Glass Works learned the art of glass blowing, he joined the U.S. Air Force because he wanted to see the world, according to his website. After serving, the Florida native returned home, pursued and completed both an associate’s and a bachelor’s of fine arts, and joined the University of Miami glass blowing guild.
After traveling a bit more, Boyett landed in Northeast Ohio in 1997 to study glass at Kent State University.
“And in April 2006, I co-founded and opened Akron Glass Works,” wrote Boyett, who now owns Canton Glass Works, on the "about me" section of his website. “I live in the Canton area and love the city's support of the fine arts. I am very excited to be a part of this growing community.”
Boyett specializes in affordable, functional blown glass and teaches glass blowing workshops.
The Arts Festival runs Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15. Admission is free Friday and $5 per day Saturday and Sunday for attendees 13 years old and up. Children 12 and under are free all weekend. Hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.