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Art show mix of tradition, new realms

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    Mark Overholt with his wife Sherry Overholt from Medina talk with Alicia Poff (right) on Sunday during the Art in the Park festival on Public Square in Medina. Poff is from Poff Sculptures in Columbus.

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    Drew Hocevars prize-winning, glass-blown piece took two hours and more than a few friends' help to produce. The unnamed piece was awarded first place in the Non-Functional Fine Art category during the Art in the Park show Sunday on Public Square in Medina.

    LUCAS FORTNEY / GAZETTE

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    Flowers and plants are displayed Sunday as part of the Art in the Park event held on Public Square in Medina.

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    Dagmar Howman and her husband Mike Howman from Seville look at fine art by Paul G. Jira on Sunday during Art in the Park on Public Square in Medina.

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    Visitors crowd into Public Square in Medina on Sunday for the 44th Art in the Park show.

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    Visitors crowd into Public Square in Medina on Sunday for the Medina County Art Leagues 44th Art in the Park art show and sale.

    LUCAS FORTNEY / GAZETTE

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    Janet Brims baskets hang on display at a booth Sunday on Public Square during the Art in the Park juried show. The baskets are characterized by non-traditional color choices and patterns.

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    Drew Hocevar sits outside of his tent after being awarded 1st Place in the Non-Functional Fine Art category on Sunday during the Art in the Park juried show held on Public Square in Medina.

    LUCAS FORTNEY / GAZETTE

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    Deb Rauschenberg from Wooster looks at frog and bird ornaments, shown by Christy Hink on Sunday at the Art in the Park show held Sunday on Public Square in Medina.

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    Cheri Davis (left) and Carrie Bellnoski (right), both of Medina, look over Matthew Platz Photography items on Sunday during the Art in the Park juried show on Public Square in Medina.

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MEDINA — Artwork from 115 artists ranged from the traditional, such as painting, photography and sculpture, to the unexpected, such as Ukranian eggs, baskets and bonsai, during the Medina County Art League’s 44th Art in the Park on Sunday on Medina’s Public Square.

The juried show and sale capped the annual July Arts Week Festival.

“We want to showcase artists that will interest the next generation of Medina residents,” said Kim Sigler, co-chairman of the Art in the Park Committee, referencing the show’s less traditional art. “Each year we try to bring about five artists to the show who haven’t participated before.”

After 20 years of participating, Janet Brim, of Cincinnati, has managed to keep up with the times.

Brim said she began entering her baskets in arts festivals at age 17 and has continued to do so for the past several decades. Her awards include three past prizes at Art in the Park.

But over the years, Brim’s baskets have become more experimental. Shows and competitions are less about the sales, she said, and more about playing with nontraditional patterns and colors.

“My goal is that one day people will see my baskets, recognize their style, and know that they were done by me,” she said.

Brim entered her unusually shaped baskets in the show’s Non-Functional Fine Arts category, but she did not place this year.

The first-place prize award of $350 in that category went to Drew Hocevar, of Broadview Heights, who took up glass-blowing after retiring 10 years ago. What distinguishes his art from that of the show’s eight other glass-blowers, Hocevar said, are his designs.

Hocevar’s winning piece was one he “brought as a joke” — a multi-colored, abstract glass work that resembles a flower. The piece was Hocevar’s only abstract work and sat among glass-blown cups, vases and ornaments.

“I had already finished packing up my car when I thought, ‘Why not?’ and decided to bring this piece along,” Hocevar said. “You always enter something when you come to a show, but you never expect to win. Especially not with something like that.”

Messages for Lucas Fortney may be left at (330) 721-4065.

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