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The Watoga Art in the Park planning committee is making preparations for the fourth annual Watoga Art in the Park event. They are currently seeking musicians to perform during the event as well as crafters and artisans to host workshops.

Like so many events, Watoga Art in the Park was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the activities held at the event are incredibly hands-on and the committee determined that it would not be safe to hold the event. This year should have been the fifth annual event, but due to the cancellation in 2020, this will be the fourth instead.

Many forms of art are accepted for exhibition at the event. Among those is woodworking, either turned or carved. Sculptures made from any material are another. For this category, sculptures must be non-functional and 3-dimensional. Printmaking and photography are more options. Others include painting, 3-D mixed media, 2-D mixed media, metalwork, leather items, jewelry, digital art, clay and many others. All work must be “original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the approved artist themselves.” Mass-produced items, imports and kits will not be accepted.

There are many possibilities for workshops. Basket making, clay modeling, painting and much more. Anyone interested in holding a workshop at the 2021 Watoga Art in the Park can apply now with ideas. Inquiries must be sent via email to watogaartinthepark@gmail.com.
Those interested will need to supply the following information name, email, phone number, home town, type of workshop to instruct, pictures of artwork that will be completed in the workshop, supplies needed and an estimate of their cost, electrical needs and any other necessary accommodations, and a brief proposal. Whether or not merchandise will be sold also needs to be included. The submission deadline is June 30.

In addition to artisans holding workshops, the committee is also seeking musicians to perform during the event. Any artist or band interested can submit a proposal to the above email address. The email must include the name of the group, a list of the musicians included and their instruments, genre and samples of performances. Also required is a home town, requested fee to perform, estimated duration and number of sets, sound equipment requirements, and whether or not merchandise will be sold. Finally, a brief explanation on “why you want to play Watoga Art in the Park” must be included.

Nature activities are also a big part of Watoga Art in the Park. Not only does the event take place outside, but it is also in a state park. There are multiple trails to explore, wildlife to view and beautiful scenery. There are also planned activities that will be announced closer to the event.

Food is also a big part of the event with an assortment of food and drinks supplied at the food court, made by locals. Food vendors can fill out an application on the event’s website, www.watogaartinthepark.com/food.

The park is located at 4800 Watoga Park Road in Marlinton, West Virginia.

For more information on this fascinating event, follow it on Facebook at Watoga Art in the Park or send an email to watogaartinthepark@gmail.com.

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