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Art in the Park celebrates fourth year on the Fourth

July 04, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The fourth year of Art in the Park held on the Fourth of July had a nice ring to it.

"My vendors are here on Independence Day celebrating their independent spirit, and that's what the Fourth of July is all about," said local artist Michael Nathan, who with the help of his mother, Nancy Nathan, started Art in the Park.

On the first Sunday in May through October, about 15 vendors set up their tents in Berkeley Springs State Park in the center of town, and they are benefiting from the once-a-month show.

"More people know about it and the vendors are making money," Michael Nathan said.

Local woodworker Craig Deane moved to Berkeley Springs about six years ago. He said he learned woodworking from his grandfather and father.

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Some of his handmade fish-shaped wine holders are made from wood pallets, he said.

"It's a great way to recycle," Deane said.

Photographer Rick Lowman from Martinsburg, W.Va., has participated in the art show from the beginning.

"We enjoy meeting people," Lowman said, adding that he is surprised by the number of people traveling through Berkeley Springs on U.S. 522 who stop when they see Art in the Park.

"It's a good attraction to draw people," he said.

Washington, D.C.-area resident LeeAnn Brannon has been visiting Berkeley Springs for the past eight years and comes to the Sunday art show when she is here.

"It has a lot of nice things," she said.

Art in the Park "was something that was needed, and that's why we started it," NancyNathan said.

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