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Here is a photo of the 2012 event by Linda Horn/Community Press.
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Jill Sawchuk and Lynda McQuarrie ckeck out woodturning artist Doug Davis' work during Tweed's Art in the Park

After a slow show last year, Tweed's Art in the Park held its annual show on Saturday to coincide with the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival in hopes of drawing a bigger crowd.

The art show which is a partnership between the Kiwanis Club of Tweed and the Tweed & Area Arts Council has been taking place at the Kiwanis Park for the past five years.

The show offered a variety of artwork from 14 different artists, including paintings, jewelry, woodturning, photography and stained glass.

Doug Davis a woodturning artist said this year's show

seemed to have a steady turnout. "Last year's show was pretty quiet", he said.

Maril Swan, co-ordinator of Art in the Park, said last year's turnout was down and that is why they wanted to tag on to the Elvis festival this year hoping to attract some of the crowd to the show.

Swan's idea seemed to be working. "I came to Tweed for the attraction of Elvis and decided to stop and look at the art," said Lynda McQuarrie. "It's pretty fascinating."

Along with the artists' work, the show had a children's art area, where kids could paint, sculpt and draw while their

parents browsed.

Inside the Kiwanis pavillion was an elementary school students' art exhibit displaying work from local schools.

Bonnie Marentette co-ordinator of the Arts Youth Council said teachers put aside artwork throughout the year which then goes on display at Tweed's Heritage Centre and Art in the Park. In September the art goes back to the students.

"It blows me away the number of people who come in here and are amazed at the quality of the students' art." said Marentette.

by LINDA HORN/Community Press
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