The state’s largest art show opens today in the Capitol City. The Des Moines Arts Festival is spreading itself across three bridges over the Des Moines River downtown and is expected to bring in 150-thousand people over its three day run.Fest director Mo Dana says there’ll be 150 artists from 33 states, three stages of musical entertainment, fireworks and more. Dana says the festival contains a wide array of things that fit in the broad category of “art” for everyone’s budget, with jewelry to oil paintings. Prices start at 25 dollarswith the highest priced piece at 30-thousand dollars.The fest ranks among the top-ten fine arts festivals in the nation. One unusual attraction this year is “living art” — a man and woman who paint themselves white, don white robes and imitate marble statues on pedestals. Dana says this festival is a tremendous tourism event for Des Moines.The fest is piloted by about 500 volunteers. The hours are 3-to-10 today, 10-to-10 Saturday and 10-to-4 on Sunday. Admission is free.
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