TWC to host Nature Fest Artists’ Market

TWC to host Nature Fest Artists’ Market
Kyle Valentini

The Nature Fest Artists’ Market has been going on for over 10 years, but in the past two years, TWC has worked to grow and adapt it.

                        

The Wilderness Center will combine the Nature Fest Artists’ Market with TWC Nature Photo Club’s Foto Fest on June 4 and 5 for a weekend celebrating art inspired by nature.

This year will be the 28th annual Nature Foto Fest organized by TWC’s Nature Photo Club. The event features 250-300 photos from 40-50 entrants. These are all amateur photographers. Visitors may come to The Wilderness Center throughout the weekend to view the photos and vote on their favorites.

The Nature Fest Artists’ Market has been going on for over 10 years, but in the past two years, TWC has worked to grow and adapt it.

“We shifted the timing and setting of the event during the pandemic but also saw it as an opportunity to include a wider variety of artists, to increase our reach and draw new visitors to our area,” said Tiffany Leeper, development coordinator at The Wilderness Center.

There will be an outdoor market with local artists displaying and selling their work, live music throughout the event, readings and Q-and-A sessions with local authors and writers, and kids activities.

This year’s event is supported by Visit Canton, the Stark County Convention & Visitors Bureau in partnership with ArtsInStark and the County Arts Council. Through their Cultural Tourism Granting program, they awarded $131,364 for this year, and TWC is one of the recipients. Grants were awarded for the purpose of generating increased visitation and economic impact for the region through the support of arts and culture events and marketing initiatives.

With the funds received from the Cultural Tourism Grant, TWC will reach a larger audience across Northeast and Central Ohio and provide live music for the event. Musicians include the Low Gap Band, Gaetano’s Jazz Trio, songstress Annie Yoder and Ed Marthey Jazz Piano.

A variety of artists will sell and display their work with many who have attended for years in addition to new faces. Many types of art will be featured including pottery, wood-working and carving, stained glass, jewelry, photography, botanical art and more.

The education team also is planning activities for children and adults including make-and-take items for kids and book discussions with local authors for adults.

A full schedule and more information will be available soon at www.WildernessCenter.org. The event will take place June 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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