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Arts fest expands area for local art
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Friday, 13 July 2012 10:31
Demand to enter the juried art show at the Black Swamp Arts Festival remains strong, and now, thanks to a new online procedure, the number of artists applying to be in the Wood County Show has ticked up.
The 20th Black Swamp Arts Festival begins Sept. 7 with music on the main stage, and continues with the art shows, music and children's activities Sept. 8 and 9 in downtown Bowling Green. The festival received 250 applications for 108 spots in the juried show that lines Main Street.
That's similar to the number who applied last year, said Brenda Baker, the chair of the festival's visual arts committee. The festival saw a growth in applications three years ago when it started using the ZAPP application for artists. While the show organizers were warned that they would be inundated with less qualified artists, that's not been the case. Instead the quality of art has improved.
Part of that, Baker said, is that the economy and high gas prices has pruned the art fair field.
"It's exposed us to a broader audience of artists," Baker said of using ZAPP. "It keeps us fresher."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 13:36
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