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Spirit of Place show set in Westport

— Lake Champlain Region artists are invited to take part in the Sixth Annual Spirit of Place Plein Air Day, Studio Tour, and Art Exhibit designed to showcase art inspired by living, working or visiting in the Champlain Valley for the benefit of the artists and Westport Heritage House in Westport. The centerpiece of the summer art season, this exhibit tells the visual story of the Lake Champlain Region.

The public is invited to watch artists in action as they paint outdoors in Ballard Park the morning of Plein Air Day, Sunday, July 7. Nationally known artist, Sandra Hildreth, of Saranac Lake, will conduct a hands-on workshop for Plein Air Painting, in Ballard Park from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 per person. At 10 a.m., a free Children’s Finger Painting Event will also take place in the park.

A map, available at Westport Heritage House and on line will guide visitors for the two-day Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Artists will open their studio-work space to the public, an excellent time for conversation about what inspires their art and how they handle their media.

The opening reception at the heritage house for the Spirit of Place Art Exhibit is Thursday, July 18, when a Silent Auction commences and continues until 3 p.m. on the Westport Festival Day, Saturday, Aug. 3.

All artists of all ages are invited to participate in events and to exhibit up to three pieces using any media. The entry form must be submitted by June 1. If you have questions or need an entry form, please contact either Meredith (962-4590) or johnst@westelcom.com; or Nancy (962-4805 or decker2@westelcom.com.

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