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Free Charleston art festival returns with new name, same venue for 2nd year

Chad Dyar and Sara Gayle McConnell (copy)

Chad Dyar (left) joined forces with Sara Gayle McConnell of Tradesman Brewing Co. for the first-ever For the Love of Art Festival last year. Now, it's back as the Untapped Art Festival this December. File/Provided 

A Charleston art festival that was born in the midst of COVID-19 with an outdoor, socially distanced market in 2020 is back for 2021. 

The For the Love of Art Festival, which featured 24 local artists last year, has been renamed Untapped Art Festival. 

The free event is noon-6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Tradesman Brewing, the same venue to host the festival in 2020. 

Local artists Chad Dyar and Julie Glass, both of Charleston Artist Guild, founded the festival with a desire to help the community by uniting artists and the public face-to-face for the first time since the lockdown. 

This year, they also hope to give back to the Lonon Foundation, an organization that helps children affected by their parent or caregiver's cancer diagnosis find comfort, heal and grow through their shared experience. 

Donations to the organization will be accepted at the event. 

“We’ve all experienced so much loss in the past year and a half,” Dyar said. “I believe we’re still in a time of healing, and hopefully growth. Art is such a healing thing, whether it be the process of creating it or consuming it."

In addition to vendors lined up with their art in the outdoor space at the brewery, there will be live music by The Mobros, Anna Crosby and Dark & Bitter; dance performances from DanceFX; and food on-site, vegan options included, from Victor's Lab and KJ Style BBQ.

Tradesman craft beer will be for sale, too. 

More artists will be participating in this year's event, as well, for a total of 26 vendors. 

"In addition to some well-known local artists, we have found some excellent artists who locals may not be as familiar with," Glass said. 

Details and updates on the Untapped Art Festival can be found online at facebook.com/events/911865263091350.

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Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts & entertainment and food & bev for The Post and Courier. She's a music festival & concert photographer and used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper, among other publications.