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Artfully Yours! August 2023


Beautiful weather, big crowds, great music, delicious food, and really talented artists. What more could make the 49th annual Art in the Park such a success?


Approximately 120 artists started setting up their tents as early as June 15. It was wonderful to see old friends and new faces among them. By 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, the square was alive with activity.


Two sets of awards were given. The first was the awards of distinction based on digital artwork submitted to MCAL/Art in the Park. They went to Patricia Bolger (jewelry) Kelly Butler (fine art), Julie Friedman (ecoprints), Glen Petranek (photography), and Joe Leonard (fine craft). These $100 awards were sponsored by Salon Morche, Velvet’s Main Street Framing, Charles R. Pfister Orthodontics, One Lucky Dog Bakery, and Waite and Sons Funeral


The second group of awards was presented for the artist’s body of work at the park. Best of Show ($1000 sponsored by Geo. Brown & Associates) went to Kelly Butler for her colored pencil and pastel work. Edy Seaman earned the $800 first-prize President’s Award for her jewelry. The $600 “Every Second Counts” presented by the Law Firm of Brown, Amodio, and Chandler, LPA was awarded to Bette Murray for her assemblage sculptures. Bob Pozarski won the $400 third-place award given by Medina Gem. Finally, Julie Friedman was given a $200 Honorable Mention award provided by Trillium Dermatology for her ecoprints.


Rockin’ Rick entertained throughout the day with a wide selection of music and some baffling magic tricks.


The Medina County Art League is already busy planning for our next Art in the Park, which will be our 50th-anniversary celebration. If you have a great idea to add to the day, let one of our members know.


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“Brothers in Art” Now at the Medina Library


Five talented and award-winning artists from the Medina County Art League have assembled to produce an art show right here in Medina County. The “Brothers in Art” show features the artwork of Bill Beuther, George Harth, Darrell Kent, Craig Staufer, and Ricky Williams. The show will display for sale a broad range of art including photography, digital art, watercolors, oils, acrylics, markers, pointillism, realism, modern Chinese art, impressionism, and abstract art. This exclusive art show will be held in the B. Smith Art Gallery on the third floor of the Medina County District Library adjacent to the Medina Courthouse Square. The art exhibit will be held from July 31 to August 27. Library hours are Monday - Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and closed on Sundays.

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