No, Not That Festival – The return of “the other art festival”

POINTILLISM ART BY BRIAN DELOZIER

For pointillist artist Brian Delozier, the best part of arts and crafts festivals is interacting with the crowd as people watch him use Crayola markers to dot in drawings.

“It’s so nice to see people’s reaction to my art. Since I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s not really something that I feel special, but it’s so cool to be around people who have seen it for the first time,” he says. “It’s just great to see people light up about something that I’ve created and love to create.”

Delozier is a guest artist at The other art festival on Walnut Street. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 21 and 22 in Shadyside, the festival will feature paintings, sculptures, handmade jewelry, beadwork and pottery, as well as a green market. There will also be a craft market offering handmade soaps, clothing and decorative items.

The event is organized by Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company that produces arts and crafts exhibits across the country. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Dashiell said in a press release that the festival will feature more than 100 local and visiting artisans, each with their own booth along Walnut Street. It will offer a wide range of supports and price ranges.

“The festival represents original, handcrafted artwork selected by an independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of entries,” she adds.

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Delozier, who lives in Reading, Pennsylvania, says a traumatic spinal injury he suffered on a ski slope aged 16 left him paralyzed, first from the neck down . As a coping mechanism during his recovery, he dotted paper with markers, which eventually evolved into pictures. Today, Delozier, who walks on crutches and has limited mobility in his hands, produces pointillist drawings with intricate detail that he calls Brian’s points.

He says his art resembles the texture of fabric.

“When someone comes up and looks [the design], at first they say, ‘Can I touch this? How is this apartment? How do you do this? he says. “And then I can just show them over there how I do it.”

Delozier will exhibit more than 60 pointillism drawings inspired by nature as well as some paintings.

“In the Northeast, the community of artists is almost like a family of travelers from one show to another who help each other. Everyone is so kind and supportive,” he says. “It’s so cool to see all the different types of ways people create things. I’m going to walk around our shows and be so inspired all the time.

Other artists and designers at the event will include carpenter Mike Grguras, leather bag maker Alejandra Avila Segura and local photographer Jonathan Malek. For more information, visit here.


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Reggie S. Williams