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Perfect summer weather brought large crowds to Art in the Park, Saturday

RUTLAND - Wandering between the tents in Main Street Park last weekend, near the intersection of Routes 4 and 7, it was clear Art in the Park was well supported by the community and easy to see why the event has been successful for 52 years.
Chaffee Art Center, the Rutland non-profit that organizes the annual event, was pleased with the large turnout and organziers reported that donations were up over past years. The cloudless skies and moderate temperatures made for perfect weather for participants to spend the day browsing through the tents outside on the park.
This year, close to 100 vendors represented a wide variety of arts and crafts from around the region. Fine art from local luminaries like Peter Huntoon and Ann Mcfarren were joined by up-and-coming artists working with clay, glass, wood, metal and fibers. There was georgeous handmade jewelry and striking photography and art prints.
This year saw an increase in interactive art opportunities. One such hands-on experience was offered by Shibumi Silks from Wallingford, CT. At their tent, customers could created one of a kind scarves using an ancient process known as "water marbling." In a long trough filled with water, the scarf rests at the bottom and specials inks or dyes are dropped through the water. The result is a unique pattern and a wearable piece of art.
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center members were also at the park showing how lettering in stone is accomplished using a hammer and chisel as well as providing information about "Sculpfest" which is the center's annual celebration and exhibition less than a month away.
Art in the Park is one of the years signature events for downtown Rutland and  it was recently recognized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as one of Vermont's "Top Ten" things to do and see in our state.
Art in the Park will be held again in October 12-13. For more info visit chaffeeartcenter.org.

Photo by Polly Lynn
A new instalation in Main Street Park frames the crowd  of visitors to Art in the Park last Saturday morning. The art festival is put on  twice each year by the Chaffee Art Center, a non-profit in Rutland.