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Ogdensburg is calling all photographers, authors and painters as it gears up to host its first Maple City Arts Festival at the Richard Lockwood Civic Center, 141 W. River Street, on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. So far, 80 invitations have been sent to artists for the festival, but the sponsoring Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Department and the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce are urging all area artists from in and around Ogdensburg to sign up, display and sell their work.

“This is not an invite-only event; we’re encouraging all local artists to attend. If we are successful, we hope to make this a yearly event,” said Maple City Arts Festival Committee member Lauren Gilmour on Wednesday.

The festival committee is looking for a wide range of fine artists from painters and sculptors to graphic artists and woodworkers to participate, according to Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandra M. Porter.

“We really have a fine rage of local artists that a lot of people just don’t know about. This is a great way to showcase them all and offer our support,” she said.

For $30, artists can register to display their work set up a booth consisting of two 8-foot tables in a 10 foot by 10 foot space at the Richard Lockwood Civic Center.

“We decided the Lockwood Civic Center would be a great venue—there’s a lot of room for booths and artists,” said Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Director Matthew J. Curatolo. “This is a great place to showcase what artists here in Ogdensburg have to offer,” he said.

Mr. Curatolo said this is the first arts festival the city has hosted, and the planning committee is still looking for suggestions from artists about how to best present their works.

“We want to accommodate our artists, if an author would like to hold a reading or if a singer is interested in performing, we’d like to offer them a stage with which to do that,” he said.

The Chamber is looking to make this a family event, where children are welcome to make arts and crafts, while parents look at and explore what the showcase has to offer.

“Parents will be free to walk around and explore what the festivals have to offer while children draw pictures able to walk around Draw pictures work on arts and crafts,” said Mr. Curatolo.

Mr. Curatolo said the city is currently in the process of forming an arts council, which will come up with a plan to promote the arts in Ogdensburg. In the future, Mr. Curatolo said the council could host future festivals.

“We’re just hoping to expose the culture in Ogdensburg, the artist and the community and spread the word about their artwork, and hopefully encourage people to buy beautiful custom and local artwork,” said Ms. Gilmour.

Set up will be from 7 to 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. Artists interested in participating in this event, can download an application by visiting the chamber’s website at www.ogdensburgny.com. The deadline for applications is May 18. Completed applications can be mailed to the Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Department, 100 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg, N.Y, 13669.

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