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Smoky Hill Museum
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Decorating for 40th Festival

Jeff Garretson - April 13, 2016 1:20 pm

Courtesy of Riverfestival.com

Visual arts will be celebrated and even lifted high during the 40th Smoky Hill River Festival in June.

“I’ve got a big piece going in called ‘Reach for the Skies’ to celebrate the 40th,” said Grace Peterson Visual Arts Coordinator for Salina Arts and Humanities.

“It’s going to have the spirit of the festival with color and dynamic movement – it’s going to be so amazing and it’s going to be in a place that we haven’t had art before,” she said hinting that visitors will have to look up to take it in.

Peterson joined in on the KSAL Morning News Wednesday with a preview of some of the new visual arts coming to the annual party in Oakdale Park.

She explained that one unique feature of Smoky Hill River Festival is the over twenty installation artists that come and work on projects inside the park.

“We’re really creating an experience for those festival goers that they have not had before.”

According to Peterson, decorating a park is a process that begins with the artists months before the gates open.

“They’re creative and they have an idea and they’ll put in a proposal, then we walk the grounds with them and find out what kind of technical needs they have.”

Festival buttons go on sale May 1, 2016 in 39-Salina locations and in 18 other cities around Kansas for the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina’s Oakdale Park June, 9-12.


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