Third Avenue Arts Fest

The third annual Third Avenue Arts Fest will include several activities for children, including creating rock and sea shell art, street painting and tie-dye projects.

The creative side of the region will be on full display throughout this celebration.

Bottle Works will host its third annual Third Avenue Arts Fest on Friday and Saturday at the Bottle Works campus, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Building on the success of the past two years, organizers are working to create a festival atmosphere that’s unique and distinct to the Cambria City Cultural District.

“We want people to see how much artistic talent we have in this community, how much of an impact the arts makes on our lives, and what it gives to the quality of life that we have here in Johnstown,” said Melody Tisinger, Bottle Works’ interim executive director. “Our goal is for festival-goers to discover something new and to get inspired. Plus, being outside shows that art is not confined to just four walls.”

The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with an Ethnic Dinner – An All-American Picnic.

As with all of Bottle Works’ Ethnic Dinners, volunteer community cooks will be providing favorite foods to complete the summer spread.

The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken and an array of side dishes.

“When you have a barbecue, everyone is comfortable, and it’s a chance to connect with friends and family,” Tisinger said. “That’s the type of feel we want to provide for the start of the arts festival. It creates a spirit of inclusion and welcoming, and the best way to do that is with food.”

She said the Ethnic Dinners have become a signature event for Bottle Works.

“The Ethnic Dinners series started out several years ago with families providing a meal to represent their cultures, and we had 25 to 30 folks at them. In the past year, we’ve had about 80 guests at the dinners, so it’s really grown,” Tisinger said. “We’re beginning to offer this experience to a wider base of community members, and the dinners meet with our mission of providing diversity.”

Cost is $25 for members and $28 for nonmembers, and registration is required by calling 814-535-2020 or online at 

Concert-only tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

A cash bar will be available.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Song Works, which will present its “Primary Colors” concert. It will feature original music by Sam Coco, Barry Poglein, Denise Baldwin, Monica Shabella, Malcolm Crittenden, Scotty Hoover and Judy DeAngelo.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, people can enjoy juried artisan booths, live art demonstrations, food and beverages, live musical entertainment and Italian street painting exhibits.

“The festival also gives local artists the opportunity and platform to sell and engage with attendees,” Tisinger said.

The arts will come to the streets with an art demonstration from Stone Carvings by artist Richard Hower, Italian paintings by JoAnn Mekis and Jamie Helbig, and mural art by Michael Allison and Chris Tower.

Live art demonstrations will be held in the Art Works Building and will feature fabric artist Carol Churchy, who will spin yarn and do a weaving demonstration, and comic book illustrator Glen Kimeck doing a variety of drawings.

Throughout the event, artisan vendors and the Gallery Shoppe will be open.

Attendees also can enjoy two exhibitions – “Global Tales,” which will take viewers on a trip around the globe through the art works of Marcene Glover and seven other artists, and “Club Works Exhibition.”

The Art Works’ main and side galleries will feature paintings, photography and textiles from Norway, Germany, France, Great Britain and North America.

The Club Works show will showcase the members of Sketch Works, Yarn Works and Camera Works.

In the Tulip Building, studio artist Jo Novelli-Blasko will be featuring her work and collecting information for the Dale Neighbor project. For information on the project, email Novelli-Blasko at

Featured entertainment will include Rising Star Youth Talent Spotlight from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that will feature young artists ages 10 to 19, and Tulsi Shrivastava and Aditi Sridhar Bollywood Dance Group and Forte Dance Center Salsa Dance Group with Janice Yursky from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Wrapping up the festival will be Matt Otis and the Sound from 4 to 6 p.m.

The indie/acoustic group performs a wide-range of genres while intertwining folk rock originals with unique cover renditions.

“Matt Otis and the Sound rocked the Bottle Works last year, and he is the perfect closer to the festival,” Tisinger said. 

“This band is going to make you move and groove to songs we all know and love.”

Children will be able to explore their creativity with crafts and activities in the Kids’ Zone, where they can create rock and sea shell art, become a mini-Italian street painter and do tie-dye projects. 

Tisinger said the festival will show people that Bottle Works is available to the community and that it’s a place where people can discover their creative abilities and appreciate art and different cultures.

“We want to hold true to our mission of being a platform for artists where we’re creating opportunities for them to make living wages and also show that this is an industry and how much it impacts the economy,” she said.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Event sponsors are Von’s United Beverage Co. and Spangler Subaru.

There is no admission fee to attend the festival.

For more information, call 814-535-2020 or visit

Local flavor

What: Third Avenue Arts Fest.

Where: Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave., in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

When: Friday and Saturday.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-535-2020 or

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.