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First Art in the Park in Berkeley Springs draws a crowd

July 02, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - More than 500 people strolled through Berkeley Springs State Park on Sunday to look at paintings, sculptures, wood works, jewelry and woven goods made by local and regional artists.

Sunday's Art in the Park was the first show held, and it is scheduled to return on the first Sunday of each month, weather permitting, through September, said Michael Nathan, a Berkeley Springs artist and the show's curator.

The shows will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with alternative rain dates, he said.

The Art in the Park idea was incepted by Nathan, who wanted to bring artists together to show their work, especially those whose art is not available in the galleries in Berkeley Springs.

Nathan was showing his steel, cement and ceramic sculptures, and was one of the 10 vendors displaying art.

Mother Nancy Nathan has a business background and handles the administrative end for the shows. "More artists are scheduled to attend the August show," she said.

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The Nathans rented the space from Berkeley Springs State Park for Art in the Park, she said.

"This is an exciting new venue for artists to show and sell their work," Nancy Nathan said.

"It's a good draw for local people and tourists. If they're here in town, they'll come by," Michael Nathan said.

Barbra Andre is a Berkeley Springs artist who says she is "self taught" is on a waiting list to get her work into the Ice House Gallery.

She has lived in Berkeley Springs for 14 years.

Andre works in acrylics and "stretch paints," she said. "I stretch the paint as it dries into what I want it to be," she said. "So, I paint with my fingers."

Painting "has healed me from an auto accident I had many years ago," she said.

She sold three pieces of her art early in the day, she said, and plans to participate in the August show.

"I'll be back here next month with more art," Andre said.

Berkeley Springs resident Bebe Hahn said she enjoyed the show in the park.

"This is another answer to art; ask for more," she said.

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