Judging by how well last year’s Author Fair went, library director Veronica Pacella expects Art on the Avenue to be just as popular.
“It was such a hit last year, everyone had a great time. We had upwards of 250 people attend the Author Fair last year, the library was so crowded I couldn’t even get to all of the authors to speak with them because they always had a crowd around their table,” Pacella said. “We had 25 authors last year and we will have 28 artists this year – so we expect an even bigger crowd.”
Art on the Avenue will be slightly different than last year’s Author Fair. Last year focused specifically on inviting local authors to promote their publishing’s while this year many different types of local artist are invited to promote their art.
Much like an art show, the art work will be quite varied, with everything from paintings and drawings to wood art, fiber art, metal art, stained glass, photography and more, the artists will have tables scattered throughout the library so visitors can meet them while also admiring and purchasing their art.
Complimentary drinks, snacks and home made cookies will be set up in the program room which will also have a gallery of each attending artists’ work on display.
“The community support shows a lot about the local appreciation of art. Ellwood City is full of talented artists, and art is part of our culture and what makes us so unique. Art on the Avenue is a celebration of the arts – an area of budget that is often cut – and as Winston Churchill once said about war, without art what are we fighting for,” Pacella stated.
The event will be tomorrow night, July 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door – proceeds benefit the library and their programs.