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The 35th Annual YWCA Riverside Art Festival - June 14, 15 2008

Over 100 artists will display their creations

June 12, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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The 35th annual Riverside Art Festival will take place this weekend, June 14 & 15, 2008. The festival takes place in downtown Bay City along Water Street and within Wenonah Park.

Last year was the first time that it was held on Water Street, from the park to the Antique Center and was a big success.

Being on the street provides much better access for wheelchairs and baby strollers, allowed more room for the artists, with ability to arrange the booths in long rows down the streets are more favorable for the ease of viewing all the art. Store and restaurant owners on Water Street look forward to the increased traffic.

The YWCA Riverside Art Festival time schedule is:

  • Saturday, June 14th from 10am - 6pm.
  • Sunday, June 15th from 11am - 4pm.

  • 2007 MyBayCity File Photo by Stephen Kent. (Lawn art by Marlene Cole of Flint)

    Over 100 artists will display their creations including watercolors, pottery, jewelry, glass, wood, photography, acrylics, metals, garden and more. Plenty of food and entertainment will be on hand including, The Josh Ramses Band at Wenonah Park on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Other Entertainment includes, Bay City Steelers, Omowale Cultural Society, Sheila Landis, and the Belly Dancing Divas. The Saginaw Art Museum will sponsor the youth tent this year with a special Styrofoam printmaking project.

    The Essexville Hampton Community Education is hosting the Bay City Art Fair Kick-Off Breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel on Saturday, June 14th. This event is being geared toward Red Hat Ladies but all are welcome. There will be a fashion show sponsored by My Secret Garden followed by entertainment with Red Hat Bellydance troupe The Crimson Roses. To attend the event contact EHCE at 894-9718 to register. Doors open at 8:45 and includes breakfast, fashion show, performance, and goodies. Cost is only $19.00!

    James Durow will be on hand to unveil his hand carved eagle entitled "Guardian of Freedom." James has attended the art festival for years bringing along this "eagle in the making." He finished the project this year after ten years of hard work. (Durow) Artist statement: The Bald Eagle is life size-10 Years in the making. The eagle, flag and rocks are all hand carved from basswood. It has over 100,000 Burn lines that were individually burned in the wood for the fine feathers. The massive piece of Basswood for the bird weighed over 30 pounds when it was started. It is called "Guardian Of Freedom" and is dedicated to the people in our country who have served in the armed forces and have "guarded" and protected our freedom.

    The YWCA is offering membership at a discounted rate for the weekend of the festival. Those interested can stop at the YWCA information booth over the weekend or stop in the YWCA on Saturday to sign up. Also tickets will be available for The YWCA Wild or Wonderful Escape Raffle Gala which is scheduled for June 19, 2008.

    The YWCA Riverside Art Festival is sponsored by WSAM "The Bay" - Thelen Honda Bay City, Bay Harbor Marina, Bluegreen Resorts and Everdry.

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