The Flats East Bank and Howard Alan Events will host the fourth annual Flats Festival of the Arts from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at 1055 Old River Road in Cleveland.

The festival is free and will feature more than 100 exhibitors who will be displaying and selling paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more.

“We made a lot of changes to it and our goal is to make this the top show in the Greater Cleveland area,” said Howard Alan, president of Howard Alan Events.

Those changes include eliminating the weekdays of the festival, reducing the daily hours and making it more of a public event.

“Downtown is beautiful, the Flats are a really cool place,” Alan said. “We want to make this the No. 1 show and we want people to come from all over the country. Our goal is to make this a destination show eventually, whereas people will make a weekend out of it and have an excuse to go downtown to all of those wonderful restaurants and see a really nice art show. It will take a couple of years but we will get there.”

The Cleveland Jewish News and its sister publication, Canvas, are co-sponsors of the event.

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