NORMAN — Andrews Park came alive with activity as stone carvers, jewelers, painters and other artists assembled to show off and sell their wares during the two-day May Fair Arts Festival.
Visitors could indulge in fair food, climb a rock wall or listen to live music during the Saturday and Sunday event.
Michelle Coleman, of Moore, took her children, Lauren, 6, and Ethan, 2, to visit the artists' tents and participate in free arts and crafts activities for children.
“They're excited for the pony rides, and we've looked at several of the artists' booths,” Coleman said. “The fair is awesome, and the kids love it.”
Painter Tim Kenney, of Norman, was this year's featured artist. His landscape paintings are inspired by the scenery of Colorado and New Mexico, where he regularly goes fly-fishing. His abstract, impressionist-style work netted him the fair's Best in Show award.
Kenney began painting four years ago. In addition to his work as a contractor, he spends about five hours a day painting in his home studio. His wife, Deborah, a teacher at Norman High School, has been his best supporter, Kenney said.
“My work is a blast,” he said. “I get better with every painting I do.”
Art ranged from traditional to postmodern to practical and whimsical. Thomas Mack's Bird Cribs embodied the last two traits. Mack, who works for Brock Custom Homes, turned his creative talents to a smaller scale for the art show, creating birdhouses.
Mack makes the hand-painted houses out of a variety of materials. A hollow coconut became a house decorated to look like a scowling pirate head. Other homes took the shape of rocket ships, a hot-air balloon and the Chrysler Building for the fashionable feathered friends. Bird Cribs took second place in the wood art category.
May Fair, sponsored by the Assistance League of Norman, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with more than 100 artists participating. The event included juried judging, a student art contest and a Children's Art Yard.
Proceeds from the fair support the Assistance League's philanthropic programs, which include aid to the Norman Women's Shelter and money for student school supplies.