Art on the Boulevard packs them into Erieau

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Kris Hicks of Kris Hicks Art in London displayed her love of rustic and natural elements with paintings and photographs like this one that was a hit in the beach community of Erieau.

Kris Hicks of Kris Hicks Art in London displayed her love of rustic and natural elements with paintings and photographs like this one that was a hit in the beach community of Erieau.

Erieau was jam-packed with people for the fifth annual Art in the Boulevard event on Saturday.

According to members of the organizing committee, the turnout this year for vendors and patrons of the arts was the best yet.

“Considering the weather, it’s an amazing turnout,” said member Robbie Mallory. “We had 102 registered vendors and only three cancelled due to the weather. When we started five years ago, we had 15 vendors.”

Thunder and a light rain didn’t drive away the crowds, who toured the booths, visited the local restaurants, watched live demonstrations from various artists and listened to live music on the boulevard.

Committee member Joan Pickering said there wasn’t a Home and Garden Tour this year, but one is already in the works for next year.

“We’ve had comments that there is a lot of good variety in the types of artists here,” Pickering added.

Rondeau wood carver and chainsaw sculptor Paul Danielski spent the day working on a piece of juniper wood behind the Erieau Fire Hall during Art on the Boulevard.
Rondeau wood carver and chainsaw sculptor Paul Danielski spent the day working on a piece of juniper wood behind the Erieau Fire Hall during Art on the Boulevard.

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Potter and mixed media artist Linda Leigh from Chatham gave a live demonstration of her art that she sells from her store, The Cracked Pot Studio.
Potter and mixed media artist Linda Leigh from Chatham gave a live demonstration of her art that she sells from her store, The Cracked Pot Studio.
A sensory treat for the eyes and nose, the hand-made soaps and candles from Sarah Evans of Antiquated Joys in Blenheim drew plenty of people to her booth Saturday.
A sensory treat for the eyes and nose, the hand-made soaps and candles from Sarah Evans of Antiquated Joys in Blenheim drew plenty of people to her booth Saturday.

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