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Art in the Park celebrates creativity in outdoor setting

June 19, 2005|by MARIE GILBERT

Sitting beneath a canopy of aging oak trees, Christo Johnson shared his poetry about fathers, freedom and the challenges of youth.

Johnson, an adjunct professor at Delaware State University, was among the participants Saturday at Art in the Park.

The two-day event at the amphitheater at Doub's Woods Park is sponsored by the Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery in Hagerstown. It will continue today from noon to 6 p.m.

Johnson said he has read his poetry at many venues, but never outdoors.

"This is an ideal setting," Johnson said. "The shade, the breeze - it's a beautiful way to enjoy the many forms of art."

According to Ron Lytle, coordinator of the event, this is the second year for Art in the Park.

"It's a great way to promote art in our community," Lytle said. "Visitors can enjoy music, dance, art demonstrations, poetry readings - and it's all offered outdoors."

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Faith Crumbly, director of The Rainbow Children's Choir, also was on hand to promote her newly formed group. The choir, which sings in English, Spanish, French and German, currently is recruiting children to participate.

"We thought this would be a good event to attend and get the word out," Crumbly said.

Admission to Art in the Park is free, but Lytle said donations are accepted. The event also features free food.

Doub's Woods Park is on Maryland Avenue in Hagerstown.

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