2017 Taste of Olean/Art in the Park

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Event Date(s): Sun, 07/23/2017 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
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Taste of Olean/Art in the Park 2017

If the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then Olean is a destination visitors are sure to love the Taste of Olean on July 23rd. Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 68th Annual Art in the Park and the 27th Annual Taste of Olean. The Taste of Olean is a festival filled with great food and entertainment. Admission to the event is free. Pay as you eat!  For more information on the Taste of Olean, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or e-mail taste [at] oleanny [dot] com.  The restaurants will present "tastes" of foods, not whole meals or sandwiches — smaller portions with affordable costs between 50 cents and $3.50.

Art in the Park, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) held in conjunction with the Taste, is a juried fine arts show with a long standing tradition of showcasing the finest art in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. Art in the Park will recognize several of the artists in the following categories: Best of Show; 1st Place; 2nd Place; and 3rd Place.  There are 27 artists lined up and include: Aeress Designs, Jewelry; John Balacki, Paintings; Black Raven Pottery; Jenny Bunker, Paintings; Sharon Bushnell, Fiber Arts; Jerry Cummins, Sr., Photography; Denise Drummond, Drawing; Dutch Hill Pottery; Earthology, Artisan Soaps; Girl Scouts of Western New York; Jennifer Godbout, Paintings; Heidi Jimerson, Drawing; Joyfulenergy, Jewelry; Kumbha Moon, Artisan Soaps; Jill Phillips, Baskets; Pinnacle Pottery; Realtime Photography; Donna Sallade, Paper Flowers; Southern Tier Symphony; Twin Tier Writers Workshop; Miranda Turner, Paintings; Eileen Weishan, Fiber Arts; Michael Weishan, Photography; Maria Welka, Jewelry; Wild Heart Photography; Wild Mountain Organics, Artisan Soaps; Mary Kay Worth, Children’s Books.

New at Art in the Park this year will be "Chalk It Up!" a chalk art contest open to the public. A $5 registration fee on the day of the event will give you a 4 ft. X 4 ft. space on the paved basketball court in War Vets Park to draw your chalk art on. There will be prizes for Best in Show chalk art in two age categories - ages 10 to 15 and, age 16 and older. Kids up to 10 years of age can draw for free in an open area. If it rains, the event will be cancelled.
Drawing can begin at 10 am after registering and continue until 3 pm. Those wishing to be in the contest must finish by 3 pm.  Find a full list of contest rules on the Cattaruaugs County Arts Council website, www.myartscouncil.net under the event, Art in the Park.

Olean Theatre Workshop will be hosting a Taste of Talent showcasing local talent entertainment.  There is a children's area with inflatables from the Olean Family YMCA, -- The Y will sell the all day jump wristbands for $6 each with a family pass $20 up to 5 kids. Eric Jones will be on site with his famous Caricature drawings.  Balloon animals and face painting will also be available. 
Also, Jamestown Community College Alumni Association will host the third Marketplace @ The Taste during the event. Marketplace is a way to showcase the best local food and catalog vendors.  It will be a great opportunity to showcase locally produced fruits and vegetables as well as packaged sauces, honey, mixes, jams, jellies, pies, cheeses, and more.

For more information on Art in the Park, call 716-372-7455 or e-mail info [at] myartscouncil [dot] net

For more information on this event please visit http://www.OleanNY.com

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War Veteran's Park
551 East State Street
Olean, NY 14760
United States
Phone: 716-372-4433
42° 4' 43.14" N, 78° 25' 16.104" W
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