Rhythm of Art Beat felt in Downtown South Bend

SOUTH BEND -- On Saturday, art came to life in Downtown South Bend.  Thousands of people filled the streets, ready to check out Michiana's art scene at Art Beat.  The event was free and open to the public.

There was plenty to entertain the crowds.  One woodworker chiseled a rocking horse by hand.  Ballet and Irish dancers performed on-stage.  Comedians from Laugh Comedy Club did street comedy on the corner of Michigan and Colfax.  One musician even played his guitar and sang songs for people who stopped to listen.

Artisan vendors lined Michigan Street, putting on demonstrations and trying to sell their wares.  Artists sold hand-fashioned jewelry, oil paintings, wood carvings, photos, magnets, stained glass, pottery, and other handmade clothes and accessories.  There was an array of goods to choose from.

Food and drinks were provided by Trio's, Sangria's, and Smiley Dogs hot dog cart.

Dark clouds threatened to ruin the day, but no rain fell over downtown South Bend.  The worst weather that affected artists' tents was the wind kicking up from time to time.  One gust even toppled a jeweler's display, scattering earrings and necklaces all over the street.  Art Beat goers were kind enough to stop and help.  They picked up jewelry and returned it to the grateful owner.

Were you at Art Beat?  Check out our full photo album.


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