You could certainly say that art was in the air Saturday, in Downtown South Bend.
Local and regional artists, dancers, musicians, actors, poets and even culinary specialists were in town for the tenth annual Art Beat.
All types of art were on display or for sale, from pottery and photography, to jewelry and artistic food creations. And new to the event this year were living statues.
Ten artists from IU South Bend transformed themselves into bronze and marble figures, as part of the Samaritan Counseling Center's "Living Stones" campaign to raise awareness of mental wellness.
10,000 people visited the city for Art Beat in 2012, and even more were expected to make the trip downtown this year.
“I think my favorite thing is the mixed media and I love having it,” says South Bend Artist Marie Stark. “I try to price things reasonable and I’m inspired by it.”
More than 250 artists took part in this year's Art Beat. This is the largest number of participants since the event's debut back in 2004.