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Art in the Park to feature group of first-time artists

Michael Sunnarborg will be one of the first-time exhibitors at the Bemidji Community Art Center Art in the Park Saturday and Sunday. He is a People's Choice finalist in the National Geographic. com International Photography contest. Submitted Photo

The Bemidji Community Art Center's 43rd annual Art in the Park Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will welcome more than 100 artists, including eight who have never set up booths in Library Park before.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 17, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 18. The event, which is free and open to individuals of all ages, will feature food, music and entertainment in addition to the arts and crafts vendors..

First-time exhibitors include:

--Paula Jensen of Earth Eagle Forge in Guthrie. She creates metal work - steel and iron artworks. Lori Forshee-Donnay said Jensen may bring a 6-foot-tall eagle sculpture along with her other works for sale.

--Melissa Burness of Melbe Creations will exhibit her work in a photography booth.

--Dave Wagner of Wagner Signs will exhibit dimensional sandblasted paintings and signs.

--Dave Anderson of Dave's Willow will show and sell willow wood furniture and accessories.

--John Theroux of John's Chains will offer metal and chain mail jewelry and accessories.

--John and Tammy Mueller of Fur Armor will have in their booth beaver hats, mittens and other accessories.

--Michael Sunnarborg of Bemidji's Creative Consulting, a 1984 Bemidji High School graduate who also earned a master's degree from Bemidji State University, will exhibit his photography and original greeting cards. A highlight will be his "Seasons of Lake Bemidji" series. He also has a series titled "Inspiration from the World," based on his travels.

Sunnarborg is a finalist in the National International Photography contest in the People's Choice category.

Other exhibits at the two-day event will include showcases for ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, paintings, sculpture, fabrics and floral arrangements. The juried fine arts and craft fair boasts an annual attendance of more than 8,000 visitors each day.

For details, call the BCAC at 444-7570 or visit the website