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Art on Main returns in Ravenna

By DIANE SMITH Staff Writer Published: June 18, 2017 4:00 AM

More than 40 artists of all ages and an addition of offerings from area wineries are some of the changes coming to the second annual Art on Main festival on June 24.

The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday in downtown Ravenna. Main Street will be closed between Meridian and Prospect streets.

Justin Barber, a member of the Ravenna Creates committee, said local artists, including children at four area school districts and adults from as far away as California, will be displaying and selling paintings, photography, pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry and more. In all, more than 40 vendors will set up.

Student artists will be displayed alongside the adults, he said, with tents set up for artists from all levels of Ravenna, James A. Garfield and Windham school districts, as well as work from students at Walls and Davey elementary schools. The student art will not be indoors this year.

"We think the student art is part of it, and not something separate," he said.

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New to the event are area wineries, allowing visitors to sample wine as they visit the festival. The wineries include Cana Valley in Atwater, Maize Valley in Hartville, and Mastropeitro in Berlin Center. Ravenna Creates member Rob Kairis said in addition to activities for children, planners wanted to offer something for adults this year.

"In addition to art, we wanted to offer people an opportunity to sample a little local wine," Barber said. "We think art and wine tend to naturally co-exist."

Ravenna's newly formed Main Street group will be offering walking tours of the downtown that will kick off during Art on Main. The first tour, titled "The Riddles and Ravenna," will feature a walking loop of all 14 Riddle blocks and factories. Jack Schafer, a local historian and member of the Main Street board of directors, will lead the tours. The one-hour walk will take place at 2 p.m. with participants gathering at the Ravenna flagpole. The tour is free, but donations to Main Street are encouraged.

"With the variety of activities this year, I can't think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon," said Art Bowen, founder of Art on Main.


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