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At arts fest, kids get a collage education

June 12, 2005|by MARIE GILBERT/Staff Writer

HAGERSTOWN - Sitting at a table dappled in sunlight, 7-year-old Jessica Gregory swirled a brush in a container of glue, tapped off the excess and applied it to a large sheet of paper.

Taking some photographs she had cut from a magazine, she began filling the white space until every inch was covered.

The young Hagerstown artist was making a collage - one of the many activities offered Saturday during the Family Arts Festival in the courtyard of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

According to Linda Dodson, the museum's educational coordinator, the festival is held each year shortly after the end of the school year.

"It's a chance for children to enjoy various art activities in a fun setting," she said.

The event usually attracts a good crowd, Dodson said. This year was no exception.

"Even with all the other activities happening around town today, we've had a steady stream of people coming through the doors," Dodson said.

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Dodson also noted that all age groups were represented.

"We have kids under the age of 1 and we have teens," she said. "There's something for everyone."

In addition to collage, other art projects offered during the event included printmaking, drawing and face painting.

Museum art school staff volunteered their services for the day, working at tables set up for the event, Dodson said.

Also participating in the festival were artist Kent Roberts, who drew caricatures, and Nick Newlin, aka Nicolo the Juggler.

Michelle McCullough of Baltimore was visiting her family in Williamsport this weekend and read about the arts festival in the newspaper.

"I thought it might be something nice to do," she said. McCullough brought her two children, Connie, 3, and Lindsey, 1.

Also participating in the festival were Deanna Jones of Hagerstown and her two children, Timmy, 6, and Sarah, 4

"They both love doing art projects," Jones said. "So I thought this would be something they would really enjoy. I was right. They've had a lot of fun today. And they've learned some new things, which will come in very handy when they start getting bored over the summer."

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