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Art in the Sky: 15th annual kite festival planned

For many years, people have come to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to experience bright color and shapes against an autumn sky. To celebrate the 15th Annual Kite Festival, the park is adding a new concept; fourteen regional artists have been invited to paint a kite in their own unique style for the event.

The artists' kites will be flown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 23 at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park's Quarry Hill, along with New York Kite Enthusiasts member kites and anyone else who would like to fly a kite.

Artists include Karen Bakke, Anne Novado Cappuccilli, Todd Conover, Robert Dacey, Barry Darling, Ada Hettig, Bradley Hudson, Denise Stillwaggon Leone, Lisa Portnoff, Dorothy Riester, Lynn Schwarzer, Joe Sosnowski, Lynette Stephenson and Leigh Yardley.

The artists' kites will be flown during this free kite fly and will be available for purchase in a silent auction exhibition the following Saturday. The kites painted by artists are handmade by David Tuttle of Binghamton and Thom Shanken of Waterloo - officials in NYKE. All paints were generously supplied to the artists by Golden Artist Colors.

Children can buy and decorate a pre-made kite at the Children's Kite Workshop for $5. All of these kites will fly.

The parking cost is $5 per car.

The rain date for this event is Sunday, October 24.

The artists' kites will be part of a one day kite exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery at the Art Park. There will be a silent auction for all of the artists' kites. Winners of the kites will be announced at 4 p.m.

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