I have always liked DeWitt’s Lincoln Park. It is a favorite playground of our grandchildren. We often take a picnic lunch to the park when they visit. I enjoy the summer community band concerts, Tunes in Town and the Farmers’ Market. Our family watches parades and races from the shade of the trees in Lincoln Park.
The DeWitt Area Fine Arts Foundation invites you to spend some time in Lincoln Park on Saturday, September 17, at the John Bloom Arts Festival. This is the 14th annual arts festival. The foundation started the event to give local artists an opportunity to display and sell their creations. It is just one of the many projects that the foundation has to promote fine arts activities in DeWitt.
Twenty local vendors will have their creations for sale at the arts festival between 10am- 3pm on the 17th. All items are hand crafted. Those creations include art work, yard art, woven baskets, doll clothes, loomed rugs, jewelry and pottery. The Nite Lions provide lunch and the Central Community Historical Society serves pie. Andrew Vickers is the musical entertainment throughout the day. The Central DeWitt art teachers have make-and-take crafts for children. It is not only an opportunity to see the creativity of others, but to enjoy time in the park and meet your neighbors!
The name of the John Bloom Arts Festival honors artist and native son, John Bloom. John was a contemporary of Grant Wood, one of my favorite artists. I think the story of John’s mural located in DeWitt’s City Hall is fascinating. DeWitt is fortunate to have John Bloom prints on permanent display in the First Central Gallery located in the Operahouse Theatre. There is also a large collection of John’s work at the Central Historical Society. John Bloom may have lived in DeWitt many years ago, but the spirit of the town he depicted in his paintings still lives!
Marsha Witte – DeWitt Area Fine Arts Foundation board member
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