The 19th annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Norwich and is expected to draw more than 10,000 people throughout the weekend.
Colorscape is a free, interactive festival that features musicians, art activities for all ages, film, poetry, dance, food and craft vending, and of course art.
“I love it all, but my favorite aspect of the festival is all of the art,” said Peggy Finnegan, who has served as executive director of the festival for 15 years.
In addition to the numerous art exhibits, Finnegan noted the Student Art Exhibit, sponsored by the Otis A. Thompson Foundation and The R.C. Smith Foundation, and the Preferred Mutual Insurance Company. The work will be on display in the Mareia Brown Callery at the Chenango Arts Council. The awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Attendees also look forward to the various food vendors, many of whom are no strangers to the festival. A wide array of food choices are available and include but are not limited to: little neck clams, vegetarian dishes, hamburgers, chicken spiedies, caramel corn, Hawaiian shaved ice, pita sandwiches, roasted nuts, wine ice cream, and pulled pork.
Exhibitors in the both the East and West Parks offer arts in mediums such as stained glass, jewelry, sculptures, ceramics, photography, woodwork, purses, metalwork, rope bowls and even chainsaw art.