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First Village Art Festival in Marlborough set for September

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – For a few hours next month, downtown Marlborough will turn into an artists’ community as painters, photographers, musicians and other artists congregate downtown for the city’s first Village Art Festival.

Shoe Workers StatueScheduled for Sunday, Sept. 1, the festival, sponsored by Marlborough Downtown Village, will bring artists downtown to use the city’s architecture and historical character as their inspiration, said event producer Susan Alatalo.

Since the area was designated as a cultural district, the Marlborough Downtown Village association has been thinking of ways to show off the area and encourage more people to come to the district, Alatalo said Thursday.

She said the idea for an arts festival is something that she has long wanted to pursue.

“It’s been rolling around my mind for quite some time,” she said. “Let’s highlight these architectural details, these places listed on the national register, the little details that people race by daily without noticing.”

Artists who want to participate in the event should register with Alatalo ahead of time, and can come to the downtown area this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take a walking tour with Alatalo and scope out spots they may want to stage.  The tour will begin at the Main Street Café at 11 a.m.

During the festival on Sept. 1, artists and volunteers will start setting up around 8 a.m., with the festival beginning in earnest at 11 a.m. Artists will be posted throughout the downtown area, from Monument Square to the shoeworker statue at the intersection of Granger Boulevard and Bolton Street and Union Common, Alatalo said.

During the event, Mike Pascarella and other musicians will be playing jazz music at the gazebo in front of the Walker Building on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and rock band Flashback will be playing on front of City Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to come watch the artists work, and can participate in creating art in the public parking lot beside the Vin Bin on Main Street using soft pastels on the pavement.

“It’s going to be a good celebration of all kinds of art,” Alatalo said.

Artists will be bringing their works to display them at the Union Common beginning at 1:30 p.m., and Alatalo said she expected several of the artists to have works there for sale.  She said she hopes that there will be some sort of group exhibition later on showcasing the works of art created during the Sept. 1 event, but said those plans haven’t yet been finalized.

Artists who want to register for the event can contact Alatalo at SusanAlatalo@yahoo.com.

Village Art Festival is supported by Marlborough Downtown Village, MetroWest Visitors Bureau and Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce.

This story originally appeared here.

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