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Ways Garden Art Show to feature more than 20 artists

SUN-GAZETTE FILE PHOTO In this file photo, Thom Gallup of Williamsport and his four-year-old daughter Annabelle admire some of the art work by Ron Beach during a past Ways Garden art show.

The 64th Annual Ways Garden Art Show is coming back larger than ever after last year’s pandemic cancellation, according to Deb Trate, longtime member of the Bald Eagle Arts League and Ways Garden Art Show Planning Committee.

“This year we have more exhibitors, 23 registered exhibitors … that is more than what we have had in 10 years or so,” she said. “It makes it more fun, having more of a variety.”

She added that there may even be more when it comes time to the actual event happening on June 13 at Ways Garden, at the corner of Maynard and West Fourth streets starting at 11 a.m.

Not only will this free event have watercolor and oil paintings, jewelry and sculptures to enjoy, but there will also be a kids table that Trate is offering that will allow kids to paint their own canvas art from pre-sketched western cowboy scenery.

“We try and have something for everyone,” Trate said.

In addition, the event is also in collaboration with Trinity Church’s Strawberry Festival and will have live performances from the Repasz Band, a yard sale and special exhibits from the Thomas T. Taber Museum and deals on coffee and treats at Backhouse Cafe Coffee & Tea.

The art show itself will have a variety of types of art including scenery, flowers, realistic and abstract art and some artists will even do live demonstrations. Some artists will also be selling their art work on an individual basis and not inside the park.

Attendees will each receive a program with a ballot to vote for their favorite artist at the show and whoever receives the most votes will receive the “People’s Choice” or Eve Archer Award that comes with a Gold Leaf gift certificate.

“It is a fun day for the community to make them aware that if they want to be an artist, this is a great group to join, it doesn’t matter what level you are at, it is just for fun,” Trate said. “If you like arts and music and food, it will be a nice day.”

Parts of West Fourth Street will be closed off for the art show unless there is bad weather. If that is the case, the art show will take place at the YWCA located on West Fourth Street.

For more information please visit: https://visitlycomingcounty.com/event/ways-garden-art-craft-show/2021-06-13/.

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