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Wickford Arts Festival, July 1998

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Wickford Arts Festival
A Local Legacy

Did you know that Rhode Island has more artists per person than any state in the country? The town of Wickford celebrates this fact by holding an arts festival every July. Started in 1962, the Wickford Arts Festival has grown in size and importance. Today, artists from around the world compete for the few spaces that become available each year to exhibit their wares. A percentage of the space is reserved for local artists.

Close to 100,000 people attend the two-day festival, which is devoted to fine art, photography, and three-dimensional art. The Wickford Arts Festival is a "juried" show; that is, if you want to exhibit your art in the festival, you must submit a sample of your work to be judged. The judges consider originality, workmanship and presentation when making their choices on who is allowed to exhibit in the show. What's your favorite type of art?

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