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'Enjoy, sample what the school has to offer' at Art in the Park

September 01, 2012|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com
  • Aniya Stewart, 7, left , shares a laugh with her best friend Jinecia Milton, 6, Saturday afternoon at the Art In The Park event at Doub's Woods Park in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Nine years ago, Camille Frayser teased her friend for studying belly dance.

Then her friend convinced her to try it herself.

Frayser, 18, of Hagerstown, took a liking to the form, and she now teaches it at Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery in Hagerstown.

She hoped to pass on her penchant for the West Asian tradition at the school for the arts’ Art in the Park event Saturday at Doub’s Woods Park arts pavilion.

“I’m prepared to teach a couple moves,” she said.

Frayser joined artists, a balloon sculptor, a puppeteer, musicians and a vendor of environmentally conscious products, mingling with park-goers in hopes of expanding their horizons. She said people who were out at the park would likely be interested in the activities that go on at the school, but many of them might not take the time to go there and explore it.

“This is an open, free environment where people can enjoy and sample what the school has to offer,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to expand their network and see who they might want to connect with.”

Contemporary School of the Arts Executive Director and President Ron Lytle said Art in the Park, now in its ninth year, aims to present an array of artistic forms and media.

“I believe the community needs art to help stimulate children, and art is broad. It can be writing, music, drawing, painting, dancing, instruments,” he said. “When children see these things going on, they can comprehend them.”

Elaine Wooten of Monrovia, Md., made balloon sculptures and assisted children in creating their own. She said she hoped to have children in attendance work together to create a large sign to hang from the trees reading, “Vote.”

Ligia Teodorovia of Hagerstown took her children Eden, 8, and Connor, 7, and two of their cousins to the event.

“I tried doing a heart but it didn’t work,” Eden said.

Instead, Eden regrouped and persevered until she had crafted a purple balloon hat for her mother to wear to match her purple shirt.

Calista Dickey of Hagerstown took her granddaughter, Ellie Dickey, 3, of Glen Burnie, Md., to the event.

“(Ellie) had a good time getting her balloon animal,” Calista Dickey said. “It’s a nice idea to get out into nature and provide art for the kids.”

Mike Lofton of Hagerstown attended with his wife, Anna, and their sons Isaac, 7, Joseph, 4, and Max, 1.

“We are into art, and the kids love doing crafts and that kind of stuff,” Lofton said.

Cindie Figgatt of Evolution Rock School on Baltimore Street in Hagerstown prepared for a 3 p.m. performance with the school’s house band.

“I think this is fabulous,” Figgatt said of the event. “This is why we do what we do, to offer a more artistic environment for kids and adults, especially with music programs in schools dwindling.”

Area businesses donated food to distribute to visitors at the event.

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