Scarecrows Are Coming

Thanks to everyone for picking up your scarecrows and thanks to Michelle, Enrique and Reagan for helping to deliver those who could not pick up.  If you would have not gotten a scarecrow and would like to participate or need another one, I have a few left.

Let’s make 2020 the BEST SCARECROW YEAR EVER

This year as a bonus, everyone will get individual posts highlighting your scarecrow as well as information about your business or the owners.

Volunteers Needed

End of September- Help place straw bales and pumpkins on the street corners. Takes about an hour

Middle of November- decorating the street corners for Christmas. Takes about an hour

The Arts Festival committee is looking for a Plaza Entertainment Captain and Sponsorship captains. Monthly virtual meeting (about an hour) and must be available the first weekend of May during the arts festival

We are in need of some volunteers the end of this month, middle of November and for the arts festival committee. If you are able to help, please email 
info@downtownedmondok.com or text 405-471-2348.

Welcome To Our Newest Members

The Coop Logo

The Coop Work+Event Space

10 West 1st Street

The Rage Cage

Coming Soon

514 South Broadway

Calm Heart Therapeutic Massage Logo

Calm Heart Therapeutic Massage

700 West 15th St.

Essence of Nature Studio

Essence of Nature Art Studio

649 North Broadway

Edmond Chamber of Commerce

Round 2 Applications

Applications for round two of the Edmond Small Business Microgrant Program will be accepted from Wednesday, August 26 to Wednesday, September 9.

The program is designed to offer a lifeline to local small businesses, which will result in greater continuity of operations and will sustain viability through the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide a local grant benefit to businesses to bridge their limited cash reserves as they proactively take steps to amass financing and capital from other sources.

To be eligible, applicants must be a for-profit corporation or business registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State; have a physical brick and mortar location in the city limits of Edmond, OK, with the majority of revenue normally coming from in-person transactions; have been established before January 1, 2020; and have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees. Priority will be given to minority applicants. Online businesses are not eligible. This program is administered by the Edmond Economic Development Authority.

It is with heavy hearts that the Downtown Edmond Business Association Executive Board has decided to cancel the 42nd Annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival.

Following the Governors guidelines and the City of Edmond’s Council orders, we do not feel that it would be safe for our artists, volunteers or citizens to hold such a large event.

If you are an artist, entertainer or food vendor, please check your email today about our process. It should answer everyone’s questions. If you still have questions beginning tomorrow, please feel free to contact info@downtownedmondok.com

We will look into planning a smaller Fall Event to have something to look forward.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who have worked so hard over the last year. We look forward to 2021.

Ken Baker

Ken Baker is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma and has lived in Edmond, OK for more than 40 years. A dedicated landscape painter, Baker’s oil paintings depict a variety of locations throughout the Southwest and include many historical sites with missions and early settlements. He has been showing his paintings at the Edmond Arts Festival for approximately 10 years and enjoys meeting and talking with so many of the people from Edmond and around the State of Oklahoma. He also participates in several shows including the prestigious NatureWorks show in Tulsa, OK that spotlights artists from across the nation. Baker’s paintings have been featured in several national magazines, including “Art of the West”, “Southwest Art”, “Western Art Collector” and others.

“All of my paintings have stories,” says Baker. “Since most are painted on-site in plein air, it is my belief that knowing details of the paintings such as location and circumstance adds to the pleasure of owning a
painting.”

“I am humbled and honored to participate in the Edmond Arts Festival and hope to participate for many more years to come.”

Ken Baker can be contacted at:

kenbakerart@gmail.com

The 2020 Downtown Edmond Arts Festival’s featured artist is Robert Cornman of Lakeland, Florida. Join us on May 1st – 3rd to check out Cornman’s original paintings in oil and acrylic.

Artist’s Biography

“I consider myself an abstract expressionist trying to touch the observer with visual language. The art is set with rich, vibrant colors and evolves with multiple layers of texture and patterns. With a wash in color, depth and a collage of mixed media is used in my abstracts to bring life to each piece. Being influenced with action painting and the spontaneous or smeared flow of color helps me focus on bold strokes. I experiment with different styles to take on a visibility and an understanding to bring comfort to the viewer.

“Color constantly surrounds us but many people take them for granted. Abstract art is very much the expression of ideas concerning the spiritual, the unconscious and the mind. Think of my work as maintaining a balance between chaos and control as well as the paintings being a process rather than a product.”

– Robert Cornman