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Nature Arts Festival Set For Aug. 2-3 at The West Woods
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Something for everybody for any nature lover, for any art lover. Geauga Park District's Nature Arts Festival is known for its variety of fine arts…

Something for everybody for any nature lover, for any art lover. Geauga Park District’s Nature Arts Festival is known for its variety of fine arts on display and for sale by regional artists.

The West Woods, the Geauga park on Route 87, beckons you to visit for the 23rd annual Nature Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This popular, free, indoor/outdoor festival features an entirely nature-focused juried art show; for-sale art by regional and national woodcarvers, painters, potters, jewelry-makers and other artisans at a variety of price ranges; food for sale by The Reserve House; ice cream and nuts by Nick Reiter; and kettle corn by Look What’s Poppin'; all-day entertainment by the Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association; and free parking.

Visit http://bit.ly/gpdspecial for a complete schedule of events.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating an Arts in Nature weekend,” said Holly Sauder, event coordinator, “featuring for the first time this year some of Geauga Park District’s own groups and clubs affiliated with the arts.”

This year’s event will not have People’s Choice voting.

However, more than 10 new vendors will show a variety of mediums. Saturday will feature live music from some of Geauga Park District’s Maple Town Tune Traders. Sunday will feature the event to celebrate the 19th annual Nature Writing Contest winners, featuring readings of their award-winning works, explanations from judges and an opportunity to read your own nature writing for an audience. Visit http://bit.ly/gpdartsinnature to see a complete list of those winners.

Geauga Park District’s Shutterbugs Camera Club will also be featured, as President Bruce Bennett presents on honing nature photography talents.

Visitors totaled more than 2,000 last year despite morning rain and heat.

Sauder said the Park District is also grateful to Fairmount Center for the Arts for sponsoring afternoon art and craft activities for the kids and young at heart on Saturday.

If Nature Arts Festival is not enough to satisfy you need for good art, on Sunday, Aug. 3, folks may also visit the 34th annual Chardon Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Historic Chardon Square.

That juried, outdoor show is free to attend and will host more than 100 artists, both local and out-of-state, providing a wonderful opportunity for a day of shopping and dining in a park-like setting. Chardon Square Association is sponsoring this year’s event.

This year’s Nature Arts Festival is sponsored by The News-Herald, Geauga Park District Foundation and Renewal by Andersen Windows.

The West Woods, a 900-acre park with miles of hiking trails, is at 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87). The festival is entirely wheelchair and stroller accessible. As needed, a free shuttle will run from ASM at 9639 Kinsman Road.

Call 440-286-9516 with questions about the Park District festival, or call Mariann Goodwin at 440-285-8686 with questions about the Chardon festival.

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