Beattie Is... Arts Festival takes over Rockford City Market

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ----- No amount of rain could stop dozens of eager artists from their Sunday at the Rockford City Market grounds for the Beattie Is... Arts Festival.

In its second year back on the scene, the Rockford Area Arts Council revived the interactive arts experience after nearly 30 years away.

The free, family-friendly event had more than 50 booths full of designs, food trucks and performances.

Those behind the event say its return is not just for people to look at art, but to also be able to create their own.

"It's absolutely wonderful, we love that we have so much arts, so many opportunities for people to do art and that's really our mission is the arts for everyone," said Sharon Nesbit-Davis.

New to the festival this year is the addition of “Shared Spaces,” a nationwide sculpture exhibit, which gives visitors the chance to cast a meaningful object in clay to add to the artwork to be displayed as it travels across the country.