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Arts in the Middle offers something for all ages

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At the build-a-boat pond at Arts in the Middle, children will be able to buy inexpensive kits with which to build their own individual little boats, decorate them artfully and then sail them on a tiny pond.

The Arts in the Middle Fine Arts Festival, which will be held at Hewick Plantation in Urbanna June 1-2, will again feature special participatory activities for attending children. Kids will have much to occupy themselves with while the adults stroll along artist row taking in all of the beautiful artwork from close to 100 artists.

As with past years, Arts in the Middle (AIM) will set up a small, very safe toy boat pond and also a white column for children to paint upon. 

At the build-a-boat pond children will be able to buy inexpensive kits with which to build their own individual little boats, decorate them artfully and then sail them on a tiny pond. Watching children build and sail their boat can provide a restful interlude for the parents or grandparents. For children who can’t buy their own boat, AIM will have a few already built that they can sail.

Children (and adults) will also be invited to paint on the AIM Appreciation Pole, a 7-foot by 5-inch architectural column set up for decorating, with the theme of “Flora and Fauna of the Middle Peninsula.” This activity was introduced to the festival last year by Maureen Fairbrother and Anna Pomaska, with the 2018 Waterways of Middlesex County Appreciation Pole. The 2018 pole will be on display at the festival. Following the festival both poles will be displayed at selected sites in Middlesex.

Each child will also be given a small blue ribbon labeled “Love your Art” as they pass through the welcome tent with their families. They can become instant junior judges of each displaying artist’s work and award their favorite with the ribbon.

Arts in the Middle is a non-profit organization funded in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Middlesex County. AIM has been selected as one of Virginia’s River Realm’s top 10 signature events and for the second year recognized by Virginia Living Magazine as a “Best of” Virginia Art Event. The event is free to attend, has adjacent parking, trolley service to town, and is family-friendly with kids’ activities.

posted 05.01.2019

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