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Estella Tararan receives some free face painting from Arlington Arts Council member Sharon Parker Johnson at Art in the Park on Sept. 14.

Arlington artists set up in Legion Park to display their paintings, sculptures, woodwork and hand-made jewelry at Arlington's annual Art in Legion Park.

The Arlington Arts Council puts on the annual event to support local artists. It was held on Sept. 14 & 15 this year.

"It's a chance to display your work," said Arlington Arts Council president Sarah Arney.

"Part of our mission at the Arlington Arts Council is to provide opportunities for artists to show their work," she said.

Monica Bretherton, vice-president of the council, said the event was going well this year.

"We are thrilled to be here and it's not actually raining on us and we have lovely music. People are coming and hanging out and we are delighted," she said.

Local artist and member of the Arlington Arts Council Katherine Critchfield is one of the artists who displayed their work this year.

She said she has been to the event many times.

"I've talked to people every time who enjoy art," she said. "A lot of people want to talk about your art and how you're doing it."

Critchfield said she enjoys the laid-back nature of the event and that all of the artists know and get along with each other.

"It's just nice. A lot of the artists belong to this guild or the Stanwood Camano guild and everyone knows each other and takes care of each other. 'Oh, if you're looking for wood why don't you go over to that booth,' and that sort of thing. It's very collaborative and friendly," she said.

Bretherton said that making art is usually a solitary pursuit so it's good to provide an opportunity for local artists to get together for a change.

"This is our equivalent of powwow. Usually we are in our studios alone and here we are all together for a change and talking to people in the community about what we do," she said.

For many of the people on the Arlington Arts Council it's also a good chance to network and get to know other artists in the region.

"We're connecting because there are a lot of artists who may not know about the Arlington Arts Council," said Bretherton.

More information on the Arlington Arts Council and their events is available at arlingtonartscouncil.net.

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