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July 8, 2013

Art in the Park

Annual festival brings crafts, paintings to Highland Park

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But for her, the festival isn’t really about selling her pieces. It’s about bringing Kokomo’s art scene from the background to the forefront of the community.

“We just want people to come out and appreciate art,” she said. “We don’t really care if they buy anything, but we just want people to appreciate it.”

Sullivan said she hopes that’s something more and more people do, and said she hopes the festival grows in upcoming years.

Although the turnout was down this year since the event fell on the day after the Haynes Apperson Festival, she said they plan to advertise more in the future to draw bigger crowds.

“Everybody is kind of festivaled out today, I think,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “But it’s been steady. We’ve had people coming through all day, but we haven’t had any great, big crowds. We’d like crowds, but this works, too.”

And in the end, she said the festival really does works for everybody: It raises awareness about the city’s art culture while giving artists an opportunity to come to a relaxed festival to show off and sell their works.

“The community seems to be embracing the art community a little more now than they used to,” Sullivan said. “This works for everybody –the artist and the community. It’s win-win.”

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.

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