The summer arts scene is in full swing in downtown Gainesville, from outdoor theatre at the Thomas Center to a free concert series on Friday nights in the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza. There’s something for everyone. Donna Green-Townsend sat down in the Thomas Center Gardens to talk with the Event Coordinator for the City of Gainesville, David Ballard about what’s in store.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ballardqa.mp3]
Leslie Tharp, a 33-year-old Gainesville resident, spends her time transforming scraps of metal into works of art. When Tharp isn’t working on commissioned projects for businesses, the city of Gainesville and individuals, she’s teaching classes and leading workshops on blacksmithing.