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Cormorant Art Show

SUBMITTED PHOTO PLENTY OF ART FOR ALL. Cormorant will be hosting its 12th annual art show and sale on July 11-12 in the Cormorant Community Center.

On Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, the Cormorant Community Center will open its doors for the Cormorant Area Art Club's 12th Annual Art Show and Sale. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, the public is invited to come and view works created by the club's members, all of which will be available for purchase.

Since 1998, the Cormorant Area Art Club has been living out its mission "to inspire and motivate each other and others in learning and supporting the arts" through this event. Each year the show has grown in size, peaking at 700 visitors last summer.

Ruth Kary, currently serving as both vice president and show chair for the club, has been working since early in the year to prepare for the event.

"We have 20 to 30 members, and at least half of that (prepare work for) the show," said Kary, adding that everyone pitches in to help make the weekend a success.

Kary, herself a photographer and multimedia illustrator, was involved with the Glenwood Springs Art Guild in Colorado before moving to Detroit Lakes in December of 2006. While there, she volunteered with their art show, which was "similar, but on a much larger scale" than Cormorant's.

"The experience really helped me to know the details," said Kary. "Being involved in that show made it not quite so daunting to be in charge of this one."

Kary has found the quality of the artwork in Glenwood Springs easily comparable with that of the Cormorant area. "There are high caliber artists in both communities," she said, adding that the smaller population here is "more fun -- you really can get to know the artists."

The show is separated into two sections: the main gallery, which is largely dedicated to fine art painting, and a boutique, which houses smaller and less expensive items such as photography, postcards, prints, and "whatever else the artists bring."

There will also be door prizes at the event, both for the public and the artists. The items given away will be art supplies from various art supply dealers, sponsored by local businesses that are interested in supporting the arts.

"The show is to get the community involved in the arts," Kary said, emphasizing the artistic talent present in the area. "This is a great way to socialize as well as share their creativity."