Bottle Works to Host Third Avenue Folk & Arts Festival | Entertainment

JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – This summer festival will celebrate the artistic side of the region.

Bottle Works will host its Third Avenue Folk & Arts Festival Friday through Sunday at the Art Center’s campus, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown. The event will include live art demonstrations, musical performances, a children’s zone and food trucks.

“Third Avenue Folk and Arts Festival is a true celebration of the arts,” said Melody Tisinger, Director of Development and Operations for Bottle Works. “Each year we strive to showcase compelling art from all disciplines in hopes of helping audiences understand the creative space in hopes of inspiring and encouraging them to get started. more fully in the arts.”

She said the festival is a flagship event at Bottle Works.

“We give artists the opportunity to show off their artistry,” Tisinger said. “It also gives the community a way to know what talent is in the area and it creates community connectivity.”

The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, when attendees will be invited to the opening of The Molok exhibit.

New York creatives Samuel Wilson and Xander Flynn Chauncey, with help from Camp BW students, transformed ArtWorks’ main galleries into Molok’s home. The 13-foot kinetic sculpture was constructed from discarded and discarded items from the community and beyond.

“Each sculpture in the exhibit, including The Molok’s body, is constructed from donated objects and the history of each object is archived,” Wilson said. “The project uses nostalgia to combat the cynicism that tears at the fabric of communities across the country, providing a collaborative artistic experience where people from all walks of life are invited to share and participate.”

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., tours of The Molok gallery will be offered.

Magic will be in the air when folklorist Michael Allision performs “The Magic of Pennsylvania” at 6 p.m.

At 9 p.m., indie artist Jason Gamble and Friends will entertain with a late-night jam session.

At 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, the live theatrical performance The Molok will be presented.

Musical entertainment will include Latin guitarist Atayay El-Unico at 11:00 am; HABATAT at 2 p.m.; The Ne’er Do Wells at 6 p.m.; and The Evergreens at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Sam Coco will perform at 1 p.m. and Cott Winter Lepley will host at 4:30 p.m.

Molok’s live theatrical performance will be offered at 3 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to The Molok exhibit, attendees can explore the Black Light exhibit at the Black Box Theater.

Throughout the summer, students from the Academy of Arts and Camp BW have created a glow-in-the-dark art exhibit, and this will provide guests with an immersive art experience.

Festival food will be available for purchase at the Island Cuisine restaurant serving Caribbean favorites; Ace’s with its ethnic dishes like halupki and haluski; sweet treats from the BW concession stand; and homemade gobs of Lambcakes. A cash bar will be available throughout the festival.

Tisinger said the festival is a perfect way to show how everyone has a creative side.

“If you want to try your hand at creating something, there will be opportunities and spaces for the crowd to get involved,” she said.

Event sponsors are the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1st Summit Bank, Highmark, Martin-Baker America, and Magellan Health. There is no admission fee to attend the festival.

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


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