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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:21 AM


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DELPHOS—Friday evening of Canal Days around 7 p.m., take a walk to the Delphos Area Art Guild located on Main Street for the opening reception for the ArtFest exhibit, which attracts artists from the Delphos community, as well as from Wapakoneta, New Knoxville, Celina and Bowling Green.

ArtFest chair Laura Cramer became involved with the Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) in 2008 when one of the founders, Judy Grone, introduced herself to her as they were both volunteering for another organization. At that time, Grone and the other members of the group were looking for younger members to become involved. Cramer began attending the monthly meetings and found the guild to be an organization she would like to be a part of.

“It is a small organization with a powerful mission to promote the creation and appreciation of art in our community,” Cramer said proudly.

Since 2008, Cramer has helped DAAG prepare for their annual ArtFest Exhibit and during the past three years, she has been one of the organizers for the event.

Along with DAAG’s director, Shauna Turner-Smith and Cramer’s sidekick, Sarah Pohlman, they have been very busy preparing for ArtFest.

“Approximately 4-6 volunteers are needed when artists deliver their work to the gallery and during the judging process.” Cramer explained. “Another 2-3 volunteers are needed to display the artwork on the walls and set-up for the reception.”

The opening reception for the exhibit will be Friday, September 20, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. at the Delphos Area Art Guild located at 201 N. Main Street using the 2nd Street entrance. The exhibit will be open on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. After Canal Days, the exhibit will remain open to the public featuring the award winners. Our exhibit hours are 12-8 p.m on Thursdays and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays until Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Cramer explained that the ArtFest Exhibit relies solely on the generosity of our community business owners and private citizens. Without their sponsorship donations for facility costs, event expenses and award money, DAAG could not continue offering this exhibit each year.

“Volunteering my time for ArtFest is a wonderful experience,” Cramer said enthusiastically. “It is a lot of work, but well worth the effort because I am able to work closely with DAAG’s director and other DAAG members.

She also has the opportunity to meet the talented artists who enter their artwork into our annual exhibit.

Cramer says her favorite part of the festival is ArtFest!

“I am very proud to be part of such a wonderful organization that is able to bring the fine arts to the Delphos community,” Cramer detailed. “Being an artist myself, I feel the arts are a very important part of one’s ability to learn and express yourself through any type of media.”

DAAG anticipates having 20-30 artists enter their artwork and each artist is entitled to enter up to three pieces of artwork. ArtFest is a juried exhibit, which means a judge reviews each piece of artwork and selects those pieces of artwork he/she feels is worthy of being exhibited. Entry does not guarantee the artist’s work will be exhibited. In 2012, a total of 14 artists entered their artwork and the number of participants does vary from year to year.

The Delphos Public Library and DAAG have teamed up to bring the Kid’s Activity and Creativity Tent this year. The tent will have art activities including a Messy Zone, a Make & Take Station, Puzzle-a-rama, and an Artful Creation for the children to take home on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 11am-3pm.

Each year, Cramer enjoy DAAG’s Artist Receptions.

“It is a great time to catch up with other artists and friends and enjoy their friendship in a wonderful atmosphere,” she said.

Cramer also enjoys the presentation of awards.

“It is an honor for an artist’s artwork to be selected into a juried show, but it is an even greater honor to receive an award from a judge who feels your artwork is worthy of such an award,” Cramer explained. “So it is an incredible experience to see the expressions of those award winning artists.”


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