Thousands of people visit downtown Fort Worth for the annual art festival

FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — With the warm weather this weekend, thousands of people made time to stop by the Main Street Art Festival in downtown Fort Worth.

It’s the first time the event has taken place since the pandemic, and visitors told CBS 11 they were happy to attend.

“Oh my god, that’s awesome,” said Monica McGill of Irving. “We really appreciate it.”

McGill was one of many people drawn to the annual event.

The four-day event features more than 200 artists who organizers say will sell artwork worth an estimated $4 million and nearly 100 musical acts.

“It’s like it’s been closed for so long, so I’m just trying to enjoy, you know, hanging out with my kids,” McGill said.

She said she was excited to get out but also to appreciate the different works of art around her.

” I love that. We picked up a few things,” McGill said.

One of those things was from Fort Worth artist Jeribai Andrew-JaJa, who is showing his work at the festival.

“The style of art that I create now is called hyperrealism, which means creating with very close attention to detail and creating emotions from the drawings,” said Andrew-JaJa.

He said it means the world has something like this because it gives artists a platform for their work to be seen.

“This show brings together thousands of people and for someone like me…I was blessed and honored to win best in show,” Andrew-JaJa said. “It also brought more people into my path and it generates very good income.”

Andrew-JaJa said the event has already earned him at least $7,000.

Even though it’s been two years since the last show, the pandemic has given her more inspiration and time to get creative with her work.

“People are so happy to come back there, and [for] a lot of artists, the pandemic has been the creative process so we have a lot to show and I was one of them,” Andrew-JaJa said. “So it’s very reconciling, I would say, with people coming to see your art, especially for me because I’ve created a lot of pandemic-inspired work.”

David H. Henry