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Art in Action aims to connect community to area artists

By Trista Thurston
Staff writer
newsroom@observer-reporter.com
Observer-Reporter
Two-year-old Jaelyn Milone of Washington uses a rubber stamp to turn her arm into a work of art during the 2012 Art in Action event at the Stone Pavilion in Washington Park. Order a Print
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The 12th annual Art in Action event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Washington Park.


Art in Action features crafts for children and adults alike, demonstrating artists, food and entertainment. The purpose of the event is to bring the community together in a relaxing and fun environment. This one-day, interactive art show is meant to “introduce the community to art,” according to co-founder Bill Faust.


Vendors will have an opportunity to display their artwork, and the public will be able to view and purchase these pieces. The event itself is free, with food available for purchase. There will be horse-and-buggy rides all day from the Stone Pavilion, where the event will be held, to the History Center. There, patrons can see re-enactments of traditional life in Washington County. Entertainment will be provided by local bands and musicians.


Faust created the event 13 years ago because he always wondered why the park did not host an art show. “There are a lot of good artists in the tri-county area,” said Faust. “A lot of people don’t know about them.”


The show was first held at Citizens Library, and was not as interactive. Faust said 100 people came to the first park art show, while the peak attendance was about 4,000 in 2012. The event has morphed over the years to include projects and interaction from attendees.


“I love watching the kids interact with the art projects and the artists,” said Faust. This year, there will be a an artist making mosaic pottery onsite, and children will be able to assist with that and many more projects throughout the day. Faust said there are typically between 10 to 20 projects available for participants.


The event is held annually on the first Sunday in June.