NORWICH – Last year, the Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival drew an estimated 8,000 people to East and West Park on Saturday. And while Sunday saw a smaller crowd due to the rainy conditions in 2010, the event still brought in over 10,000 people over the course of the weekend. This year, despite widespread flooding all across the county, Colorscape Chenango Executive Director Peggy Finnegan said “the show will go on.”
Featuring some of the best in local, regional and national artistic and musical talent, the Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival – now in its 17th year – has nearly tripled in size over the past decade-plus, according to Finnegan. With the recent flooding, it’s unknown at this time just how many artists will be unable to attend, she added, although she’s only received a handful of calls from artists saying they simply can not make the trip. Still, people can expect the festival’s traditional variety of oil and watercolor paintings, basketry, pottery, jewelry and clothing, ceramics, woodwork, glass and fiber works, mosaics and so much more, said Finnegan. On top of that, the event will include its typical assortment of culinary arts and musical entertainment.
Guitarist, songwriter and singer L.J. Gates will once again kick off this year’s music program, from the new stage in East Park. It is, he said, “an honor for the chance to once again open Colorscape.” Colorscape Music Coordinator Ken Millet said people can expect a fantastic showing.