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Local Henna artist brings smiles to 4th Avenue Street Fair

Posted at 10:27 PM, Mar 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-24 01:32:45-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — When walking down Fourth Avenue at the street fair, someone may hear the words "come get henna here" from the sidewalk.

The henna art comes from local artist Bridget Benson. She lives in Benson, but travels all over Arizona to do henna.

She's been coming to this street fair since 2002, and says when she gives someone henna, she can tell it changes their mood.

"It makes them feel beautiful," Benson said, "It makes them feel so much better about themselves, especially when they start crying, but they're happy tears."

She said she loves to connect with the community by hearing their stories, and to create something special.

"By the time they're done telling me the stories, it becomes something so much more amazing that either of us had intended and to see their face just glow after, that is incredible," Benson said.

She's one of over 400 artists, who share and sell their art work to the community.

However, art isn't the only thing to enjoy. The street fair also has live music and street food.

Lynn Alchin, Owner of Heart of Glass, traveled from Phoenix for the first time to attend the event. She's been to art fairs all over the west coast, but said she's never seen so many people at one.

"There are tons of people," Alchin said, "The perspectives for this show state that it brings about 300,000 people, which is huge for an art show, and I believe that to be true."

For artist like Alchin and Benson, they said their favorite part about the event is meeting people from all over.

Benson said that people can always find her under her green umbrella.

"I'd love to do this as long as I'm able and you can count on me being here in the same spot for many years to come," Benson said.

The street fair ends on March 24th, 2019 at dusk.