Octopus Lady Invades Audubon Street

Meagan Jordan PhotoInstead of cars, an Octopus Lady was found in the middle of Audubon Street Saturday.

That’s because the street was closed to traffic for the annual Audubon Arts On The Edge festival. And artists like Haley Grunlowh had free reign.

Grunlowh (pictured), who works for Creative Arts Workshop over the summer and recently completed an art degree from the Pratt Institute, drew the Octopus Lady. She’s a regular at the annual fest. “I always have fun here,” she said. “I always get exhausted afterwards, but I like doing it.”

The festival ran from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, filled with free performers and interactive art activities for families and children. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven organizes the festival in collaboration with Creative Arts Workshop, ACES Education Center for the Arts, the Neighborhood Music School and New Haven Ballet.

The festival was filled with live music, dancing, theater, face painting, and many young children hula hooping in the street.

“We’re having a great time. Wonderful activities for all ages, 3 to 88,” remarked Tina Lu. She came to the festival with her mother-in-law as well as her 9-year old son, who played his violin for the crowd with the advanced Suzuki Band.

Avi Kamrat, a father of two from Hamden, called it “the best family outing.” Daughters Zoe, 11, and Mia, 8, attend the Neighborhood Music School. At the festival the girls enjoyed drawing on canvases, hula hooping and drinking tasty fruit smoothies.

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