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Art in the Park to showcase more than 100 artists

Local artist Mary Therese Peterson is shown painting a silk scarf. Peterson will be selling her scarves along with other artwork at Bemidji's Art in the Park event to be held this Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, at Bemidji's Library Park. Submitted Photo

The 44th annual Art in the Park will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Bemidji's Library Park.

The event is free to attend and open to anyone.

The festival will feature more than 100 artists showcasing items such as ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, jewelry, glass, paintings, sculpture, fabrics and basket weavings.

This year's event will feature 15 new vendors, along with food and local art businesses sharing information about their upcoming programming and events.

Art in the Park coordinator Lori Forshee-Donnay said the event will have an exciting dynamic of returning artists and new vendors.

"A lot of old favorites are coming back this year." Forshee-Donnay said, "It will be nice to have new vendors offer fresh products."

The diversity of artists expands from the various places artists hail from. People are coming from as far as Arkansas to sell their art along with Bemidji's local artists.

Music will be playing periodically during the festival and is provided by Pat and Donna Surface of Spiritwood Music.

The Art in the Park featured artist is local Bemidji painter Mary Therese Peterson.

Peterson will be selling painted silk scarves, collage cards, ink drawings, cotton wall hangings and roman shades.

Peterson, who began selling her art at Art in the Park in 1993, is excited for her new products this year. She has morphed from framed-art to working on fabric.

"I'm primarily a painter," Peterson said. "I used to do a lot of wall hangings. I still paint, but the medium has diversified."

Peterson, who is also a yoga instructor, will be selling both decorative and yoga scarves. Her scarves are uniquely made, using fiber reactive dyes thickened with seaweed.

Most of Peterson's artwork portrays flowing displays of plants or animals.

"I try to reflect and meditate on the beauty of nature," Peterson said.