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The 16th Annual Black Swamp Arts Festival will be held Sept. 5, 6 and 7 in downtown Bowl-ing Green. This year’s festival will feature a variety of visual artists from across the country, local and national musical acts and a large interactive youth area.
Festival hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight (Main Stage and Concession Garden only); Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight (Main Stage and concessions only from 7 p.m. to midnight); and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday’s schedule includes live music on the Main Stage and good eats in the Concessions Garden. The music will continue throughout the weekend on five stages – the Main Stage, Elec-tronica Stage, Peanut Butter & Rock Stage (teen stage), Youth Art  area (family entertainment) and unplugged sets at the Huntington Bank courtyard.

Entertainment will include the Czech Republic’s Plastic People of the Universe to Saturday headliner “The Dirty Dozen Brass Band,” a vibrant New Orleans brass band whose most recent album, “What’s Going On?” pays tribute to the late Marvin Gaye and the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina.

The festival adds another notch to its “big name” lineup with the legendary Graham Parker on Saturday. Big sounds from Shemekia Copeland and Tanglefoot are also slated for the weekend. The full schedule can be found at

Visual art areas will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The juried art show will feature more than 100 artists in 16 various media ranging from watercol-ors to photography to glass. Along with past festival winners and familiar favorites, many new art-ists will be attending this year, organizers say.

In addition, more than 40 local artists will display their talents in the Wood County Invita-tional Art Show. Other visual art shows will include Bowling Green State University student art-work and “Artists at Work,” a demonstration/participation area.  

Young artists can express their creativity in the Youth Art Area, where they can make a variety of kid-friendly art projects. Musical and theatrical performances geared toward children will be featured on the Youth Art stage. Youth Art hours are  Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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Local artist Brian Spieldenner (formerly of Fremont, now of Woodville) will be one of the artists at this year's Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green on Sept. 6 & 7. His mediums include charcoal or quill pen & ink. Shown is his work, “30 Winks.” Brian recently started his own busi-ness - The Spieldenner Gallery Ltd., currently a traveling/online art gallery (






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