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175 artists to exhibit at Lewiston Art Festival

The 53rd annual Lewiston Art Festival will feature the work of 175 professional artists this weekend in the Niagara County village.

Artists from 13 states will compete for $6,000 in prizes at the show on Center Street on Saturday and Sunday. Works will include painting, photography, graphic arts, sculpture, artistic crafts including ceramics, fiber and glass, wood and jewelry. About one-third of the artists will be exhibiting at the show for the first time.

"The Lewiston Art Festival is a juried arts festival weaving a diverse blend of texture and shape along Center Street in historic Lewiston. We take the jury process seriously so approximately 25% of applicants don't make it into the festival," said Irene Rykaszewski, executive director of the Lewiston Council on the Arts. "We also balance the number of artists in each category to ensure a diverse range of artwork, from sculpture to paintings, and from the dramatic to the whimsical along one easy to follow street."

This year's festival will include for the first time an Iroquois Market in the Hennepin Park Gazebo that celebrates Native American culture through art, music, drumming, dance and children's activities.

About 20 college students will exhibit their art near 8th Street.

A chalk art competition will take place Saturday. Students will create murals on the street with the theme of "Peace, Love and Chalk," a homage to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the Summer of Love. Judging is at 4 p.m.

Children can participate in free art projects in the Modern ArtZone tent, where there will also be live musical entertainment.

Center Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between 4th and 8th streets.

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