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Nature Arts Festival

Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3, 2014, 10 AM-5 PM, at The West Woods

Something for everybody – for any nature lover, for any art lover. Geauga Park District’s Nature Arts Festival is known for every variety of fine arts on display and for sale by regional artists. Every member of the family, every friend leaves refreshed and inspired in some way.

Come out to Geauga County for the 23rd annual Nature Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The West Woods.

This popular, free, indoor/outdoor festival features an entirely nature-focused juried art show; for-sale art by regional and national woodcarvers, painters, potters, jewelry-makers and other artisans at a variety of price ranges; food for sale by The Reserve House; and kettle corn by Look What's Poppin'; all-day entertainment by the Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association; and free parking.

"We're looking forward to celebrating an Arts in Nature weekend," said Holly Sauder, event coordinator, "featuring for the first time this year some of Geauga Park District's own groups and clubs affiliated with the arts."

This year's event will not have People's Choice voting. However, more than 10 new vendors will show a variety of mediums; Saturday will feature live music from some of Geauga Park District's Maple Town Tune Traders; and Sunday will feature the event to celebrate the 19th annual Nature Writing Contest winners, featuring readings of their award-winning works, explanations from judges, and an opportunity to read your own Nature writing for an audience.

Geauga Park District's Shutterbugs Camera Club will also be featured when members host a workshop to help visitors hone in on their photography talents, and on Saturday, Fairmount Center for the Arts will sponsor afternoon art and craft activities for the kids and young at heart!

Visitors totaled more than 2,000 last year despite morning rain and heat.



Saturday, August 2

All Day           Chalk Art Station-park roadway, just past vendors (weather dependent)
11 AM - Noon Photographing Wildlife - Indoor, Mastin Classrooms
                             Bruce Bennett, President of Geauga Park District’s Shutterbugs Camera Club
11 AM - 4 PM Live Music - Large Tent
                             Geauga Park District’s Maple Town Tune Traders
Noon              Wildlife Painting from Reference Photos - Small Tent
                             Don Woods
1 - 5 PM         Nature Crafts - Small Tent, FREE!
                             Fairmount Center for the Arts, Brigitte Fiorille
4 PM              Color Glazing in Oil Paintings  - Large Tent
                             Barbara Yoxall

Sunday, August 3

All Day           Chalk Art Station-park roadway, just past vendors (weather dependent)
10 AM            Using Local Plants in Herbal Products - Large Tent
                             Lynn Zukowski
11 AM            Alcohol Ink Techniques and Natural Fossil Jewelry - Large Tent
                             Cristen Magree, Rusty Bear Studio
Noon              Adding Color and Designs to Metal - Large Tent
                             Barb Colin
11 AM - 3 PM  Nature Crafts - Small Tent, FREE!
                             Geauga Park District
1 - 3:30 PM    19th Annual Nature Writers Contest Celebration! - Large Tent
                             Enjoy readings of the winners of this annual Geauga Park District event - plus your open mic!
3:30 PM         Rain Barrels are Making a Splash!  - Large Tent
                             Geauga Soil & Water Conservation District, Gail Prunty

Also enjoy the work of plein air painting by members of the Murray Hill Art Group throughout the festival!


11-11:45 AM ... Stan Piekos (polkas, waltzes and other old favorites on accordion)

Noon-12:45 PM ... The Rust Buckets ("rootsy rock and rolling folk," Americana/

1-1:45 PM ... James Marquardt (folk and popular songs from the canon of great American music)

2-2:45 pm ... Just for the Fun of It (standards, polkas, showtunes and popular songs of yesteryear done in fun fashion)

3-4 PM ... The Hesitation String Band (Americana folk, swing, bluegrass and country)

If Nature Arts Festival is not enough to satisfy you need for good art, for more enjoyment, on Sunday, August 3, also visit the 34th annual Chardon Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Historic Chardon Square. The juried, outdoor show is free to attend and will host more than 100 artists, both local and out-of-state, providing a wonderful opportunity for a day of shopping and dining in a park-like setting. Chardon Square Association is sponsoring this year's event.

The West Woods, a 900-acre park with miles of hiking trails, is at 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87). The festival is entirely wheelchair/stroller accessible. As needed, a free shuttle will run from ASM at 9639 Kinsman Road.

Many thanks to our generous event sponsors:

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Something's Afoot: Nature Just Can't Stay Put

Through 2014 at The West Woods

All of Nature is on the move - all the time. Be it the motion of mammals, plants, amphibians, fish or arachnids, movement is simply fundamental for survival: a fact at the center of this new exhibit.

To keep experiences fresh and interesting for visitors, staff and volunteers united once again to develop a full array of new sights, sounds and hands-on activities. "The overall objective of this exhibit is to help visitors discover the wide range of mobility found among animals, which by and large surpass human abilities, yet have inspired human inventions," says Senior Naturalist Dan Best. "We also explore Nature's influence on activities like hang gliding, parasailing, scuba and snorkeling, which let us humans be fish and birds."

Something's Afoot explores seed dispersal in plants; geological movement, showing how the movement of rock and sediments over long periods of time have resulted in our bedrock formations and various soil types; and how water moves from earth to sky and back in an endless cycle. Children's room activities include hands-on games and play stations exploring animal movement and animal-aided human travel such as horse and wagon.

Geauga Park District's Naturalist Department has also developed a wide range of programming to complement and further explore the theme.

The West Woods Nature Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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