For the past 11 years, people from all across the region have gathered along Seventh Street in Covington, between Madison and Washington streets, to browse the diverse work of local artists.
The annual festival, which is hosted by Renaissance Covington
, is known as Art Off Pike
, and its main focus is on local emerging artists. Event organizers are currently looking for artist submissions for this year's event. Interested artists are suggested to submit a selection of photos, a description of their work, and a link to their website (or Facebook page).
Sept. 25 will mark Art Off Pike's 12th year of turning the streets of Covington into a colorful canvas of art and culture.
“For many years, people questioned why Art Off Pike was located in downtown Covington, where progress was slow and storefronts were vacant,” says Katie Meyer, Renaissance Covington’s executive director. “I believe that the event's resiliency and the vision of past event organizers influenced the progress that we've seen in downtown.”
This year, the festival will continue its tradition and be on the street, but it will also be integrated into Braxton Brewing. Attendees will be able to enjoy more than just performance art, art installations, local food and drink, and live music. Photography, ceramics, paintings, sculpture and jewelry will also be for sale.
Art Off Pike is also looking for interactive installations — sculptures, murals, sound, performance — for the festival. Four artists will be selected and given $500 to create their installations. Submissions are due July 31, and winners be will notified Aug. 6.
“Art Off Pike continues to focus on urban and emerging arts,” Meyer says. “Our goal is to create a curated experience alongside the art vendors, including performance art, installations and music.”
• Are you an artist who is interested in having your work presented at Art Off Pike? Registration is $60 for a booth and guarantees a spot in the show. Submissions for booths and installations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Art Off Pike is a free event. Mark your calendars for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25.
• To learn more about Art Off Pike, visit its website