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Art in the Park raises funds for art school and gallery

June 17, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Spreading pink and blue paint on a ceramic cat, 3-year-old Ellie McFarland said she wanted the figure to look like her cat, Bessie.

"But our cat's not pink, blue, gray and white, is he? It's black and white," said Ellie's mother, Hagerstown resident Trish Ramsey.

Ellie was one of many children attending Art in the Park at City Park on Saturday. The two-day event continues today, and is a fundraiser for the Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery in downtown Hagerstown.

Vicki Martin, of Pottery by Me & More on Dual Highway, said she brought several ceramic figures of animals, ice cream cones and other objects for children to paint.

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"Kids love it," Martin said.

Kim Ray of Greencastle, Pa., and her daughter, Emilie Cookus, 7, stopped by to paint a ceramic dog.

"'Cause I like doggies," Emilie said, while painting the animal's eyes dark green.

Ronald Lytle, founder of the Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery and of Art in the Park, said this year's event features 10 musical acts, along with vendors and artists, including some specializing in photography, pottery and watercolors.

"We want people to be aware of arts awareness," Lytle said.

Lytle said education in the arts is especially important for children, adding that those skills enhance math and science abilities.

About 50 people were at Art in the Park by early afternoon, and Lytle said the event grows each year.

"It's held around the same time each year because the kids are just out of school," he said. "It's for the children."

Todd Coyle of Charles Town, W.Va., said he coordinated Saturday's music. The acts for the two-day event include blues, gospel, folk and country, he said.

Judith Ferro of Smithsburg, and her friend, David Kerns of Ellicott City, Md., said they were enjoying the music on Saturday.

"We usually come to the park a few times each summer," Ferro said. "I knew there'd be music and people. I'm sorry there's not more people here. This is really nice."

Katrina Coburn of Frostburg, Md., and her friend, Mike Rohrer of Smithsburg, were browsing at a pottery stand. The pair said they were at City Park and stumbled onto the art event.

"We're just here to look," Rohrer said.

The pottery they were looking at was made by Michael McIntyre of Leitersburg, who owns Fire Robin Farm Pottery in Leitersburg.

McIntyre said it was his first time displaying and selling his functional stoneware at Art in the Park, and his pottery did generate some interest.

"It's been nice," he said.

If you go



What: Art in the Park

When: Today, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: City Park in Hagerstown, near the band shell

Free, donations accepted

For information, call 301-791-6191

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