The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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April 26, 2013

Lewisburg arts festival kicks off today; outdoor show is Saturday

— LEWISBURG — Here’s the reward for enduring that long winter: a gorgeous weekend forecast and today’s opening of the 43rd annual Celebration of the Arts in Lewisburg.

Now through May 11, the borough becomes a haven for art in all forms: paintings, photography, music, dance — and this year, food.

“We’re really excited about the artisanal food area,” said Sara Kelley, chairwoman of the Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts. “We have several juried artists who straddle the line between food and art,” with offerings such as tea and honey, she said. The idea came from a festival Kelley attended in Albuquerque, N.M., and exported here.

Tonight, the festival begins with three exhibits. At the Packwood House Museum, visitors can check out the indoor art exhibit, a juried show for adult artists, and the scholastic arts exhibit, featuring the work of artists from more than 20 high schools. The photography exhibit, a juried show of amateur and professional photographers, will take place in the Lewisburg Studio, Market Street.

“It will be really good this year,” Barbara Baker, a director of the Lewisburg Arts Council, said of today’s kickoff shows. On Thursday, she was helping set up 61 paintings for the indoor art show and 127 photos for the photography show.

“We’re having a lot of different things: the art at Soldiers Park, many things for kids, Renaissance people, food, workshops,” she said.

Be it food or jewelry or ceramics or whatever medium strikes a fancy, there will be more than 160 artists displaying and selling their works on Market Street come Saturday for the big art show.

Last year, about 10,000 people came to town that day, Kelley said, so a little planning will make for a great arts festival day. On Saturday, a free shuttle bus will travel to and from downtown every 10 minutes from the parking lot in front of the old Walmart building on Route 15. At 6 a.m. Saturday, Market Street will close from North Seventh Street to Front Street and part of Water Street in front of Soldiers Memorial Park, and for one block in either direction, so the shuttle is an optimum alternative.

Booklets, available throughout Lewisburg, detail the entire two weeks of events, or people can visit the Lewisburg Arts Council website at www.lewisburgartscouncil.com.

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