No DORA, but major art draws active crowd to Ravenna

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When Art on Main returned to downtown Ravenna on Saturday, artists (many of them locals) and wineries came together, attracting an active crowd, although a designated outdoor refreshment area wasn’t in place as originally hoped. crowd.

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Art on Main, an event organized by the Main Street Ravenna, has traditionally been held in June for most of its history, returning to that time frame on Saturday. Main Street Ravenna executive director Arasin Hughes is overseeing her first arts festival and is busy selling wine glasses and tasting tickets to a steady stream of visitors.

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So far, the crowd has been steady, Hughes said, and everyone has been nice to volunteers and new hires like her.

Sharon Swartz sees art at Art on Main in downtown Ravenna on Saturday.

“We couldn’t ask for a better day,” she said.

Artists, some seasoned professionals, and some newcomers. Set up stalls along the street. In a separate area, one can taste wines from participating wineries. The city council enacted the DORA days before the event, but members said it would take state officials about three weeks to approve the required paperwork for the district before it went into effect allowing people to drink alcohol from outdoor bars.

In addition to the court lawn, musicians performed from the stage at each end of the event.

Eulalie Blue performs on the West Stage during the Main Festival in Ravenna.

Amy Chamberlain from Kent and her friend Dawn Small from Mogador brought a variety of handcrafted items to their booth, which they made together through Craft Night. The pair dream of opening stores one day, but now, set up stalls in places like Art on Main and Art on the Hill.

“We just had a lot of fun together,” Chamberlain said.

Stacey Woolf is a retired art teacher at Waterloo High School and owns a business called Studio Clay in Ravenna. She displayed some of her work at her booth, along with information about her store.

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