Liverpool arts event growing faster than expected

EAST LIVERPOOL – A celebration of young artists will be held during Arts in the Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 at Thompson Park, with details outlined during this week’s park board meeting.

Coordinator Patty Stumbo said the event is growing faster than expected and asked the board if a pavilion, as well as the amphitheater that had already been reserved for the day, was available.

“It’s getting insanely great,” she enthused about the event.

The board agreed to have the pavilion available. A rain date of May 18 has also been set for the event, which is themed, “Celebrating Young Artists.”

Stumbo said Gina Hampson, the artist who has painted the Wellsville floodwall mural and Masonic Temple mural in the city, will be speaking to children that day on the effect art has had on her life. She will also demonstrate some of her techniques.

In addition, the high school art teacher will have a pottery wheel for children to try their skills.

Already, about 40 pieces of art have been registered from both the city high school and elementary buildings, although Stumbo was uncertain how many middle school pieces will be on display.

She said other schools are still urged to participate in the event, saying she is still awaiting responses from schools she has contacted.

“We will have art coming out of the trees,” she told the board.

Adult artists are also welcome to display and sell their pieces, with a registration fee of $10 per person, with all proceeds earmarked for the park’s playground projects. There is no charge for student artists to participate, and they will receive participation certificates and T-shirts.

Two local bands will donate their time to perform, and Stumbo said some students are expected to perform and possibly the high school jazz or marching band.

There will be kids’ activities throughout the day, including a sidewalk art contest, a Mothers Day gift-making project, finger painting and others.

Already, 10 vendors have registered to set up at the event, and Stumbo said, “I’m sure there will be more.”

Food concessions and other vendors are still invited to register.

Anyone interested in more information or registering their students, art, concession or a vendor can contact Stumbo at 330-383-2941 or or park board member Samantha Kinemond at as soon as possible.