A two-day festival held this weekend is putting the spotlight on local artists of all kinds.

Painters, dancers, musicians, poets and filmmakers will be featured at the third annual Hintonburg Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday.

“We wanted to put the focus on local,” said co-organizer Patrick John Mills.

“If we want a better community, we should support each other and think locally.”

There are a lot of talented artists living and working in the capital, said Mills. “We are very spoiled for culture.”

Ottawa’s gallery circuit has been through a tough time recently, said Mills.

“During the recession, about a dozen Ottawa galleries closed,” he said.

The lineup includes continuous live music by more than a dozen bands, including the Hammerheads and Dr. Lee Percussion, art shows, dance performances and on Saturday night, an open bar event where guests can sip beer or wine and check out the art for $20.