Sound and vision

For two Tiffin residents, music and art has always been a part of their lives, and they learned that a little idea goes a long way.

Nathan Mullins and Chelsea Bickelhaupt are the originators of Tiffin Music & Art Festival.

Mullins said the idea for the festival came from always having to leave Tiffin to go to see bands that normally do not come to this area.

“We wanted to create a festival that presented an opportunity for everybody, but really focused on something for young adults,” Mullins said.

Mullins and Bickelhaupt attend Terra State Community College. Mullins is a music business and music technology and recording major; Bickelhaupt is a fine arts and art history major.

Since he was 14, Mullins said, he has been part of the music scene, being a vocalist in several bands.

“You have to be able to find the right guys or it is not going to work,” Mullins said.

Bickelhaupt loves to draw and paint and was introduced to the arts from her family. The two collaborated to create Tiffin Music & Art Festival to promote arts and culture in northwest Ohio.

By spring 2014, Bickelhaupt and Mullins are to graduate with two associate’s degrees. Both want to continue their education at four-year institutions.

Mullins said he wants to look more into the business aspect of music, such as scheduling, marketing and budgeting. When deciding on a school, Mullins said, “I wanted a school that really seemed to understand both my passion for the music and what I need to be successful on the business side of the industry.”

The festival, in its second year, is set for Friday and Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park. The sole purpose of the now nonprofit organization is to help raise funds for causes in the Tiffin community, such as the 2013 Tiffin fireworks celebration and Tiffin Parks and Recreation Department.

The festival is to feature live performances from more than 60 musical artists along with a car show, $5 beer garden, fire performers, silent auction, 50/50 raffles, Java House coffee tasting and poi workshops.

“Along with live music and live painters, there will be a kids zone area including a magician and bouncy inflatable houses, cutting edge art displays, handmade craft vendors, food vendors, a video game zone, and much more,” Bickelhaupt said.

Admission to the festival is free, Mullins said. Donations of a non-perishable food item will be accepted to go towards helping filling the shelves of the sharing kitchen.

Mullins wanted to emphasize on this year with the beer garden, Seneca County Agency Transportation vehicles will be available to take individuals home, if they pre-register, so they would not have to drive.

“2013 TMAF will be unlike anything northwest Ohio has seen before,” said Mullins. “You will be hard pressed to find a more diverse range of artists at one festival this summer! We just wanted people to be immersed in all types of music and to be open minded.”

Bickelhaupt and Mullins said they already are planning next year’s festival. They also said one day they hope to hand the festival off to other like-minded and driven individuals like themselves, but for now the festival remains in their hands.