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‘Art in the Park’ adds activities for children, evening presentations

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The aesthetic beauty of the North Olympic Peninsula attracts people from all over the world.
Artists, among others, claim the nature of the area inspires them.

Art in the Park — an annual five-day event designed to highlight the connection between art and nature — will feature a multimedia exhibit, art activities, demonstrations and evening education presentations about “creatures of the night” in the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park Aug. 13-17.

In 2008, Art in the Park was merely an indoor exhibit with a handful of artists. The following year, artists started giving demonstrations outdoors in addition to displaying their work inside.
This year, Art in the Park has continued to expand, adding children’s activities, an opening reception and two educational evening presentations.

“We are very excited at the way Art in the Park is growing,” said Julie Jackson, co-chairman.
“Last year, we were taken by surprise with more than 1,000 guests. But this year, we’re prepared for crowds.”

Art in the Park will kick off with an opening reception to welcome artists and visitors 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. More than 20 local artists will have work on display and for sale and visitors are encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice Award.”

In addition to the reception, the exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Tuesday, Aug. 17.
Art activities for children — a new event this year — will take place in the amphitheater.

Bob Boekelheide, River Center director, will give a presentation about bats at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, and then lead a search for bats in the sky over the river as the sun sets. The following night, Bill Parker — a student of natural history — will attempt to attract a variety of moths for viewing using special methods and secret concoctions starting at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15.

Participants of both evening presentations are being asked to meet in the amphitheater with flashlights and warm clothing.

A $5 donation is being requested to help River Center programs but students under 18 are free.

“We are deeply grateful to the artists participating in Art in the Park,” Boekelheide said, “and for their willingness to donate a portion of their proceeds to support the River Center and Railroad Bridge Park.”

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