DAY TRIP: Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival to feature about 100 artists from around the country

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The Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 along the Heritage Rail Trail and in the Colonial Courthouse Complex and surrounding areas.
About 100 fine artists from around the country will be a part of this year’s event. The 2014 featured artist is Ophelia M. Chambliss, a lecturer and oil and acrylic artist. Most of Chambliss’ recent work focuses on public art and murals.
York’s premier fine arts festival features a Juried art exhibition, a children’s area, literary competitions for both children and adults, a festival marketplace, culinary arts court and live music. All events are free.

Owino Martin, of Grasonville, Md. displays his artwork at last year's Yorkfest art festival in downtown York. (File - FlipSide)

Owino Martin, of Grasonville, Md. displays his artwork at last year’s Yorkfest art festival in downtown York. (File – FlipSide)

Saturday, Aug. 23
• Featured performers will include Indian Summer Jars, Don Carn and Mark Huber, Julie Swope and Sweet Life.
• The Historic Codorus Creek Boat Parade by the Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna will launch at 2 p.m. from Bantz park.
• High School students and adults will draw chalk murals along Market Street between Pershing and Beaver streets. Registration information is available at YorkArts.org; entry deadline is Aug. 16.The ChalkWalk is provided by YorkArts and sponsored by York College.
• The Yorkfest Youth Art and Literary Competitions will be displayed at CityArt@YorkArts during Yorkfest weekend and throughout the following week. The awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.
• A jazz concert starts at 6 p.m. in the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. in York. The Chuck Long Quartet will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. and Eric Marner and Brave New World will take the stage from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24
• Entertainment will include Jefrey Woodall, Elijah Cross, Jamie O’Brien and Janet Spahr.
Both days
• Expect new food and beverage options this year — more vendors will be apart of this year’s event than last year’s festival.
• New Freedom Art will present Meet the Masters Young Artists Experience. Children will be introduced to select Master Artists and learn about their famous works. Then children will create an art project in the same style as a Master Artist. Projects will rotate every 90 minutes throughout Saturday and Sunday in a tent set up in the Gates and Plough Tavern garden.
• Enjoy spoken word at the Yorkfest Poetry Spoken Here tent by the Codorus Creek. Expect performance poetry, dramatic poetry, page poetry and spoken word during the two-day presentation. Passers-by are welcome to jump in and perform.
• More special events include walking tours of downtown murals and demonstrations at the Colonial Court House Complex on West Market Street.
•  Pershing Avenue will close at 11:15 a.m. the Friday before the festival and remain closed through the weekend. Market Street will close at 8 a.m. that Saturday and reopen in the evening; then, it will close at 9 a.m. Sunday and reopen after the festival.
• No dogs are permitted in the event areas.
• For regular updates and artist highlights leading up to Yorkfest, like York City Special Events on Facebook or follow @YorkCityEvents on Twitter. Details will also be posted at www.yorkcity.org/yorkfest and recorded at the City of York special events hotline: 717-849-2217.

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in our sister publication http://www.flipsidepa.com/

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