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Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch Photographer Jennifer Townsend cleans off one of her prints during the Art in the Park exhibition on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Ritter Park in Huntington. The annual juried exhibition is presented by the Tri-State Arts Association.

HUNTINGTON - While it's difficult to add to the beauty Huntington's historic Ritter Park has to offer, artists found a way Sunday with their artworks displayed at Art in the Park.

Presented by Tri-State Arts Association, the bi-yearly event is held in Ritter Park, offering free admission to view a juried exhibition of artists from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

Each artist had their original art and prints for sale, but taking in the beauty cost nothing.

The event had been scheduled to take place over the entire weekend, but Saturday's event was canceled due to bad weather.

Even with rain drizzle continuing throughout Sunday, the show went on. Artists, attendees and park passersby browsed a variety of art from about a dozen community artists ranging from woodworks to paintings throughout Sunday afternoon.

The event gives artists a unique way to introduce their art to a new crowd they might not have been able to find otherwise.

Art in the Park newcomer artist Linda Childers, of Ona, a water colorist and pastelist, said it was her first time participating in the event. Childers, who sells her art through Art by Linda, spent 32 years as a school teacher before retiring to focus on her art.

Originally the art was on decorative cookies, but a few years ago she changed to a more permanent medium.

"My hopes are to have fun. That's my number one thing. I want to have fun doing my art, and I want to have fun selling my art," she said.

"Secondly, I want to make people who come aware of my work. I sell my things in several different shops, but this is a way to inform more people about what I do."

Photographer Linda Clifford, of Metamorphosis Images in Milton and the Ohio Valley Camera Club of West Virginia, found at ovccwv.org, has been attending the event since about 1996. She said it is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work.

"I love Art in the Park because it's a great opportunity to get out and meet people in the Tri-State," she said. "It's also a nice opportunity to make money, but it's nice to get to talk to the people who are art lovers and like to look around, as well as the other members of our organization."

While selling her photography, Clifford was also promoting the camera club, which has been active for 60 years. She said not many people know about the club, but it's a great way for anyone interested in photography to learn about the art.

Follow reporter Courtney Hessler at Facebook.com/CHesslerHD and via Twitter @HesslerHD.

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