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Hagerstown City Park an inspirational site for art

June 16, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - Julie Cantrel said the birds, the squirrels and other forms of nature at Hagerstown's City Park give her ideas for her art.

"It's like a daily source of inspiration," she said.

Cantrel worked some of those wonders into bird collages she was selling Sunday at a family art day sponsored by the nonprofit Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery in Hagerstown.

A few craft vendors and a few food tables were set up near the bandstand.

A variety of musicians and comedians performed.

Ron Lytle, the founder of the Hagerstown school and gallery, said the two-day event included a little pottery, a little poetry, a little photography and more.

Local companies donated hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken.

Lytle said there were 10 to 15 performers each day.

"Jesus can work it out -- if you let Him," gospel singer Shannon Watkins sang on stage on Sunday.

At one table, children decorated pottery pieces that will be ready next Saturday, after they're glazed and fired, Vicki Martin said.

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Martin owns Pottery by Me & More, which is on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

She said she was accepting donations for San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro.

Each year, she said, she helps San Mar Children's Home with another fundraiser, the Great Bike Tour along C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Cantrel and Lily Prazenica sat together at City Park near a table showing their artwork.

Prazenica had decorative low-fired pottery pieces.

Both just completed their first year teaching in Washington County Public Schools -- Cantrel at Winter Street Elementary School, Prazenica at Springfield Middle School.

On a warm day, Cantrel spoke highly of the park.

"(I) love it here," she said.

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