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April 11, 2014

OUR VIEW: Arts Festival a spring highlight

STILLWATER, Okla. — Downtown Stillwater will be abuzz with musical performances and creative expression April 18-20 during the 37th annual Stillwater Arts Festival.

Approximately 100 artists from around the country will showcase their work in a myriad of media, including jewelry, pottery, woodwork, metals, painting and many more kinds of artwork.

Festival organizers predict the three-day event will attract more than 10,000 spectators during one of the most anticipated weekends of the year in Stillwater.

The festivities begin Friday with a downtown reading flash mob by the Stillwater Public Library, in recognition of National Library Week, and several free musical performances, beginning at 4:45 p.m. with Sam Alberts. At 7 p.m., Oklahoma State University student Corey Kent White will perform before a block party begins at 9 p.m. Several more musicians will perform April 19.

The festival picks up in earnest April 19 when artists display their work at booths set up along Main Street between Seventh Avenue and 10th Avenue.

The festival is a showcase for artists to display their work and an opportunity for them to sell it. Many people shop at the festival for those one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork as a special gift. But it’s also a competition. Each of the festival entries will be evaluated and scored by a panel of judges.

Edmond’s Steve Cast, a “Committee Choice” award winner last year, will return to defend his title. Cast’s jewelry is featured on this year’s festival poster.

Artists will show their work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20.

The weekend will include a children’s area featuring inflatables, art projects and games, as well as numerous food trucks and vendors.

Plan to attend and enjoy one of Stillwater’s unique and entertaining events of the year.

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