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Art in the Park Starts Saturday at Fred Fuller

18th annual event brings artists from all over the region to Kent

Kent's 18th Annual Art in the Park will take over this weekend for a two-day festival filled with local artists, musicians and food vendors.

This year, 106 artists are scheduled to sign up and display their works.

"Which is huge," said Nancy Rice, the event coordinator for . "We usually are between 85 to 95."

New youth artists tent

New to Art in the Park this year is a young artists' tent. Young artists had to apply to be in the tent and will be divided into two categories for judging.

The youth artists will be group in grades three through six and six through 12. Their works will be judged based on professionalism, presentation and other aspects.

The winners will receive gift certificates to .

Bicentennial sculpture unveiled

Kent's Bicentennial Sculpture, commissioned after the bicentennial year in 2006, will be unveiled to the public at Art in the Park Saturday at 3 p.m.

The sculpture, created by , is a bronze casting that depicts images from Kent's history. The sculpture will be between the restaurant and gazebo.

Entertainment includes live music

Eleven different performers will take to two different stages at the park during this weekend's festival.

In addition to live music, several different artistic displays throughout the weekend will give visitors a look at the artistic process.

An ice-carving demonstration will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and an air brush artist will give presentations on both days from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

And students in the ceramics program at the Kent State University School of Art will explain their art form during the weekend.

Parking, admission

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Both parking and admission to Art in the Park are free. Volunteers will help guide motorists to park in the large parking lot across from the park on Middlebury Road. No parking is available at the Kramer Ball Fields because of the leading to the fields.

For a complete listing of the artists and performers, see the .pdf documents attached to this story.

For more information, call Kent Parks and Recreation at 330-673-8897.

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