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Arts in the Park coming to Amityville

The nonprofit Amityville Artists Circle will host its second annual Arts in the Park exhibit on June 18 at Nautical Park in Amityville.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will showcase sculptures, pottery, paintings and other works from 40 artists, said Eileen Kretz McCarthy, chairwoman of the Arts in the Park program and an Artists Circle board member.

The Artists Circle, which has about 70 members, holds several events a year showcasing the work of its members and students from local schools.

Arts in the Park's youngest artist, from the "Made By Me" Pottery and Art Studio in Massapequa, is 8 years old, McCarthy said.

With Nautical Park offering much more space than a gallery, artists will be able to “put up a sizable portion of their work,” some of which will be for sale, said Irene Greenhalgh, a former president of the Artists Circle.

Selling the art is not encouraged, however, because the purpose of the event is for the art to “bring our spirits up,” McCarthy said.

The Artists Circle will present painting and photography awards at the event in memory of two members who died this year. The Joe Bavoso Photography Award will be given to three artists for excellence in photography. Bavoso was a photographer in the Artists Circle and had the original idea for Arts in the Park. The Ron Thomson Fine Arts Award will be given to three participants in memory of Thomson, one of the Artists Circle’s founders, McCarthy said.

In addition to the exhibit, the event will include performances by local musicians, as well as the Amityville Memorial High School Jazz Band.

“We encourage all starving artists to participate,” McCarthy said.

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