Mon, Aug 5th 2019 07:00 am
Thousands will visit the Lewiston Art Festival.
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Lewiston’s reputation as a thriving arts community and cultural epicenter is due, in no small part, to the annual Lewiston Art Festival. Now in its 53rd year, the Lewiston Council on the Arts’ village event was named one of the “Top Cultural Destinations” by First Sunday Magazine, a “Summer Festival Showcase Event” by the Bi-National Niagara Tourism Alliance, and one of “10 Perfect Places to Plan a Trip” by U.S. News.
The Lewiston Art Festival canvas will stretch across Center Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. This prestigious showcase will feature the work of more than 175 professional and student artists from 13 states – as far away as Florida and Texas, and one-third participating for the first time.
“We are so proud to share our beautiful community with the artists and visitors that come to Lewiston for the Art Festival and who get to experience the vitality of our charming village, Lewiston Council on the Arts Executive Director Irene Rykaszewski said. “Aside from the obvious economic benefits, the festival fosters pride and strengthens community connections among elected officials, volunteers, residents and organizations. This is the ‘glue’ that holds our community together and makes it a very special place to live and work.”
Artists will compete for prize money in eight categories, including painting, photography, graphic arts, sculpture, artistic crafts (ceramics, wood, fiber, glass) and jewelry. Modern Corporation co-sponsors the “Modern Art Awards,” which total more than $6,000.
A look at some of the 2018 Chalk Walk participants.
On Saturday, watch the chalk fly as teams of talented student artists from across the region converge for the KeyBank Chalk Walk competition. Chalk art will come to life as students create…