What: Juried art show and festival
Where: Stinson Park, 67th and Center Streets, in Aksarben Village
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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The creators of Omaha's Summer Arts Festival are bringing ARTsarben to Aksarben Village this weekend for the second time.
Like Summer Arts, ARTsarben features the work of artists from across the country. The festival's juried art marketplace includes art from those who specialize in jewelry, fiber, photography, metalwork and more. There will also be a student art exhibition, featuring work from students at The Creative Center. Artwork is available for purchase from the artists.
Festival manager Elizabeth Balazs said that ARTsarben has a greater emphasis on local and regional art as well as fun and funky contemporary art than the Summer Arts Festival does. ARTsarben also has more local artists than its sister festival. Twenty-five of the 80 featured artists at this weekend's festival are from Nebraska.
Entertainers will be roaming the grounds and putting on performances throughout the weekend. Local dance group Rubix Crew will perform its own brand of hip-hop dance. Omaha Street Percussion will make music using nontraditional instruments made from household objects. A hula-hoop dancer, an improv group, live painters and more performers will also be on site.
University of Nebraska at Omaha will host KidZone, an area for “kids of all ages” to play. There will be hands-on crafts, including pumpkin, bag, picture frame and bracelet decorating, as well as mask making and a ring-toss game.
Food will also be available on site; festival coordinators have ensured that no two vendors will be serving the same thing. If none of the vendors is your cup of tea, you can always visit the Omaha Farmers Market, which will remain open on Sunday morning. The market will relocate slightly to a parking lot south of 64th Avenue and Frances Street.
The festival is free and open to the public.