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2018-09-13 / Lifestyles

Orchard Park Festival of the Arts to feature 170 exhibitors

by CHRIS GRAHAM
Orchard Park Editor

The Orchard Park Middle School campus will transform into the center of the arts and crafts world this weekend as exhibitors bring their work to the Orchard Park Festival of the Arts.

The two-day festival, which operated for years as the Quaker Arts Festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, on the Orchard Park Middle School campus, 60 S. Lincoln Ave.

The event will feature 170 exhibitors and eight food vendors. Exhibitors will include fine arts in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, graphics, mixed media and photography; sculpture and fine crafts, including woodworking, jewelry, pottery, glass, metal, candles, floral design, decorative painting, fabric and fiber; body care; and packaged specialty foods.

Don Lorentz, executive director of the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce, said 26 fine arts artists and some photographers will display inside the middle school, while all other exhibitors will be outside on the grounds.

The event is presented by the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Town of Orchard Park, Village of Orchard Park and the Orchard Park School District. The title sponsor of the event is Bryant & Stratton College. The co-sponsor of the event is Bee Group Newspapers.

“I’m excited. Everything came about better than I anticipated. I think that’s a very respectable number of people as far as the artists and crafters,” said Lorentz, who is in his first year overseeing the festival proceedings. New for this year’s festival is the OP Musical Experience featuring five artists. The experience will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the pavilion with performances by Ron Hawkins, Carina and the Six-String Preacher, Molly Conrad, Carly Beth and Emma Heppner.

“We’re trying to bring a more eclectic audience in because I think they’re the ones who have the most interest in the arts,” Lorentz said.

Saturday will also feature the awards banquet for the festival, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Byrd House, 4190 N. Buffalo St.

On the second day of the festival, there will be a Community Entertainment Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the pavilion. Katie Klein, Master Khechen’s Martial Arts Academy, Down Home Country Cloggers, Bello Voice Studio, Amy Lynn’s Dance Studio, Club Infinity Diamond Dancers and Olivia Larson will all perform.

The event will also feature live demonstrations from the Orchard Park Visual Arts Boosters on both days of the festival. Bryant & Stratton College will also have a booth during the event.

In the past, the two-day festival has drawn 50,000 to 75,000 people.

For more information on the festival, visit www.op festivalofthearts.com.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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