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'Small Works-Big Art' at Fountain Park Oct. 20

By Debbie Gardner

PRIME Editor

WILBRAHAM The Wilbraham Art League (WAL) invites the public back into the historic barn at Fountain Park for their eighth show and sale on Oct. 20.

"Small Works Big Art," will run from noon to 6 p.m. at the park on Tinkham Road, featuring artwork in various mediums, all no larger than 12 by 14 inches including the frame.

Refreshments will be served. The WAL is also sponsoring a table where children can paint small pumpkins at no charge.

"We hope a lot of people will come out and check out the art," WAL president Frank Tencza told Reminder Publications. "It's a great opportunity to buy original art for the holidays at reasonable prices."

According to Tencza, at least 15 artists plan to show their work at this show. In addition to paintings, works in other medias such as photography, wood carving and glass will be on display.

"The place will be full of art, I can guarantee you that," he said.

As with previous WAL events, visitors will find plenty of artist in residence, both inside the barn and out in Fountain Park participating in an plein air painting event.

"The success we've had [with previous shows at the barn] is dependent upon the interaction between the artist and the visitors," Tencza said. "They get a chance to talk to the artists and see what [he or she] is trying to do."

Tencza said that so far, the WAL has had great success with its events at Fountain Park, and has found the public very receptive to the work of local artists.

"We've been doing a minor- league survey and people seem to be very delighted," he said. "Our prices seem to be reasonable, the sizes are good [and buyers] like the subject matter that's being presented."

"I guess we're hitting the target on everything," he continued. "We're very pleased with that."

Tencza said that artists, patrons, local businesses and individuals interested in art are always welcome to join the WAL.

For more information about the Wilbraham Art League and its programs, contact Tencza at 596-3460 or membership chair Caryl Macleod at 596-3486.