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What better way to celebrate the beauty of art than in the midst of the greatest artistic master-piece of all time -- nature?

That's exactly the reasoning behind the Detroit Lakes Art in the Park, hosted on July 25 by the Detroit Lakes City Park.

This event will be in its 32nd year.

Art in the Park began as a Friends of the Library Fundraiser, until the City Park took it over in 1997.

Like the farmer's mar-ket or the Street Fair, Art in the Park has a very re-laxed, communal atmos-phere about it -- different from what one typically expects at an art showing.

Artists, art fans, and curious passerby mingle cheerfully and freely, shaded by about 100 white tents and majestic trees, which are characteristic of the City Park.

The artists will be exhibiting -- and selling -- art which ranges from eclectic jewelry to hand-woven baskets and wooden furniture.

There's something for every taste -- to cover every doorstep and sit on every shelf. Maybe the only common thread run-ning through wide variety of featured art is that it all must be hand crafted.

Several thousand at-tend Art in the Park every year, and though many return, there are always new artists bringing fresh goods and ideas to the fes-tival.

There will be both mu-sic and food at the event as well -- both art forms in their own right.

In any event, expect the City Park to be as cov-ered in white tents as it always has been, or even more so.

"We've had a lot of ap-plications coming in," said Kris Tovson, president of the Chamber of Commerce. "We expect it to be full of vendors, so we expect it to be full of arts, crafts and fun."

You can contact the Chamber of Commerce at (218)-847-9202, or