NORWICH – Hundreds of ebullient art patrons and music lovers are poised to descend upon Norwich this weekend for the 18th annual Colorscape Chenango festival. With more exhibiting fine artists, a beautiful new stage and a long list of superb musicians, it’s no wonder veteran organizers are excited about this weekend.
Over the past 18 years, Colorscape Chenango has grown exponentially, amassing more followers and greater prestige with each passing year. “It has become one of the most widely respected free festivals in the northeast,” said music coordinator Ken Millet. “The music and the art blends perfectly,” he said.
For the presenters, Colorscape is not about making money – all the entertainment is free. The overall goal is “to put on an event of the highest quality that shows off the community to visiting artists and patrons,” said festival director Peggy Finnegan.
“We struck a chord here that works better than any other festival these artists go to and the musicians love it because the free admission brings a big crowd to listen to their music,” said Millet.
Colorscape is entirely funded through donations, grants, sponsors and accrued revenue, making it a free event. The only thing left to pay for is food and artwork. “Attendance doesn’t cost a dime,” said Millet. “I can’t stress that enough because people are blown away by the quality and can’t believe it’s free.”