Arts on the River finally at home on Broadway

Arts on the River has had kind of a vagabond past, but has found a home on Broadway.

Now in its 15th year as Arts on the River, it has been an annual fall arts show in the Wynnton area, Main Street Village, as part of Uptown Jam and on the green space on Front Avenue near the Dillingham Street Bridge.

“It became Arts on the River in 1995,” said show organizer Lois Tryon. “It was in the green space but then when Columbus State University built the art and theater building, it was a construction zone and we moved it down near the Chattahoochee Promenade.”

Tryon said people couldn’t find the arts show, so it was moved to the 1100 block of Broadway three years ago.

“Our traffic has been a lot better since we moved,” Tryon said.

Even finding a place on the calendar was tough for a while, she said. Arts on the River didn’t want to compete with the Tuskegee-Morehouse game, so the arts show was moved to the third Saturday of October.

Right now, she’s hoping for a repeat of last weekend’s weather.

“It was so cold and windy last year,” she said. “We were all so miserable. The temperature was in the mid-50s and then we had a strong wind and a little bit of a drizzle. It was so cold because of the wind.”

This year, she’s got 30 artists who work in oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, jewelry, clay art and wood-turning.

It’s a juried show, but she doesn’t reveal the judge’s name until the day of the show.

Most of the artists are from the Valley area, but some come from as far south as Dothan and as far north as Suwannee.

“Thanks to Uptown Columbus, our Best in Show prize is $1,200,” Tryon said. Other prize money will be announced Saturday.

There will be entertainment as well, with the Columbus Ballet at noon, saxophonist Ed Cox at 1 p.m. and keyboardist Tom Chadwick and vocalist Jenni Dunford at 3:30 p.m.

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