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Art in the Park has worldwide appeal for Artesia

Hundreds gather in Artesia's Central Park Saturday afternoon for Art in the Park. Lori Schotz of the Artesia Arts Council said next year's event could be extended into Sunday. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA — To say the scores of people who attended Art in the Park Saturday in Artesia came far and wide, would be an understatement.

The annual event was held at Central Park, very close to Artesia’s downtown area. Gabby Cronopulos helped organize the vendors.

She said there was over 100 booths and there were people from Artesia, Lovington, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Roswell, Albuquerque, Texas and Colorado.

Cronopulos added that applications had been coming in since April.

“A lot of people look forward to this,” she said. “It’s a great community event and turnout.”

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Lori Schotz, executive director of the Artesia Arts Council, echoed Cronopulos’ sentiment on the event. She said the event allows nonprofit groups to set up booths to help their causes. 

Schotz added that the ACC and Ocotillo Performing Arts Center also had some activities for the kids while the adults were shopping or visiting with the various vendors.

“We brought out some games and cutouts,” she said. “It gives the kids something to do.”

Schotz also said people could bring their pets to the ACC booth for, “painting pet paws.”

The event was also a fundraiser for the Artesia High School band and for the Ocotillo Theater Children’s Theater.

Schotz said they were selling soda and water. 

Bryce Chen may have traveled the farthest to attend this year’s event. He is a primary school principal in Hong Kong. He and some others had been attending the the International Alliance for Invitational Education World Conference in Carlsbad this week.

“I love the atmosphere here,” Chen said.

He added that something like Art in the Park is unheard of in Hong Kong. Chen cited limited space as the main reason.

“I bought a bracelet here,” he said. “The food is lovely and I love the different cultures in this area.” 

Schotz said there is a waiting list for vendors for next year’s event and she said it could possibly be extended into Sunday.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com. 

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