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Oliver Street to host annual Project 308 Art Festival

Fri, Sep 16th 2016 09:55 am

The fourth annual Project 308 Art Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, on Oliver Street between Schenck and Robinson streets in North Tonawanda.

"The festival marks the fourth year anniversary of the gallery and I can proudly say that not only does it get bigger every year, but the importance of the community is emphasized more each year as well," said Natalie Brown, organizer of the event.

She said this year's festival will feature more than 50 artists, including full-time artists Chuck Tingley, Ashley Kay and Kaitlin Frisicaro, in addition to an array of artists, photographers and craftspeople from around Western New York.

Brown said some other highlights of the festival include:

•An exhibition inside the gallery that will feature photography by Christina Laing of Buffalo Collective and Stephanie Dubin of artiswhy.

•A workshop hosted by WNY Book Arts Center where people can make their own hand-stitched pamphlet journal for $5.

•Activities for children, including a booth with bubbles, chalk and a craft, in addition to a rock-climbing wall. The rock-climbing wall is sponsored by a neighboring business that wanted to support the festival.

•A beer tasting featuring beer from Flying Bison Brewery.

•Performances by local musicians throughout the entire day: Keith Shuskie, Wake the Dawn, Tim Britt, GVK, Jess Chizuk and Honest Penney.

•A booth featuring work from the West Side Bazaar

•Knit Buffalo Truck and other local food vendors.

Brown is a member of the Oliver Street Merchants Association, comprised of Oliver Street business owners who she said are trying to beautify the street and make it a better place, with events that showcase local merchants.

According to Brown, the festival and gallery uphold a mission "to engage those who appreciate the arts, collaborate with local artists and students, and activate a renewed enthusiasm for art in the community."

Brown said she hopes that, by bringing the community together with the Project 208 Art Festival, people "will recognize the local talent that surrounds us and will see how art can positively impact the neighborhood."

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