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Rain douses 1st day of art festival but it doesn’t dampen spirits

POSTED: September 21, 2013 11:50 p.m.

Artists braved afternoon showers Saturday to participate in the 10th annual Art in the Square in downtown Gainesville.

Jennifer Benson said the rain was like “a river pouring down the square,” at its heaviest, but hopes today’s event delivers a steady stream of people.

Clear skies are forecast when Art in the Square resumes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

“Hopefully we will have better weather. It’s supposed to be really beautiful,” she said.

Barbara Brown, under a white tent with fellow Flowery Branch artisans flanked by their work, said their group doesn’t show too often but likes supporting art in Gainesville.

“We don’t do many of these,” she said. “This is the only real event like this we participate in, and we do it mainly to support the community, and Quinlan (Visual Arts Center), Georgia Art League and the art scene in Gainesville in general.”

Anne Brodie Hill, an organizer for Art in the Square, said the rain was understandably too much for some vendors.
“We decided it’s so bad we let everyone go home when they wanted to. So some people went home and some people are hanging in,” she said.

“Some people have better tents than others,” she added with a laugh.

One such artist was Adam Newman.

“I was pleased with crowd reaction; they seemed to dig my work. I mean, you can’t control the weather,” he said.
As the rain fell, Newman used it as a chance to add more work to his collection of animals made from unconventional materials.

“This is my first year being here. She (Hill) saw my pictures and said she’d love to have me,” he said.

“I made ceiling fan poles. It was nice,” he said. “People enjoy seeing me work. There’s no question as to who is the artist, and it might inspire someone to do their own version of artwork like mine.”


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