“This has been a great show,” photographer Kevin Gray said. “People who are coming out are looking for art. The conversations have been good. People are interested in my art and my technique.”
In addition to fine arts, crafts and live music, the festival featured food vendors, a beer tent and children’s activities. Near the entrance to the Carriage House Art Studio, artist Doug Hallberg instructed children in the art of throwing pottery on a wheel.
“This is really a lot of fun,” said Jean Van Kingsley, from Sidney, whose 7-year-old daughter, Mara, worked with Hallberg on the wheel.
First-time participant Philippa Schrader, who makes paper jewelry, hailed City of the Hills as “a great festival.”
“I saw this festival and thought I’d come see – expand my circuit,” Schrader said. “I am surprised at how many people knew me here, and are familiar with my work.”
*Editor's note: This story was edited at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17 to correct the spelling of Doug Hallberg's last name.