Artists Invade Downtown For Popular Festival (VIDEO)

By Emily Dwire

August 23, 2014 Updated Aug 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) - Fort Wayne continues to push for a more artistic presence throughout the city. What better way to do that than to combine all different kinds of art in one place.

Hundreds of artists converged on downtown Fort Wayne Saturday for the annual Taste of the Arts Festival. It's exactly what it sounds like - a little taste of all the different kinds of art you can imagine: dancing, music, pottery, painting, and street performers.

The festival is a hot spot for artists, who come from all across the region to showcase their work.

Tom Rozema is a Fort Wayne wood worker. He's been working with wood for most of his life. He makes bowls, vases, cradles and benches.

"I can't paint, I can't draw. But with this, when I have a piece of wood in my hand I can start envisioning what it's going to look like and as I turn it down I see things in the wood that I want to enhance. So i just go in a little deeper here, bring this out. It's just a wonderful way of expressing my artistic vent," Rozema said.

Among the more common forms of art, one stuck out thanks to its rather unique process.

Julie Wall Toles is the owner of Hedgehog Press off Columbia Avenue. She makes different prints like journals, business cards, and invitations, all using presses that are more than 100 years old.

And within the sea of talent, there was also the culinary arts. More than 30 local restaurants set up booths at the festival to give people a little taste of their treats.

A one-day arts extravaganza showcasing Northeast Indiana's immense artistic talent.

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