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Art festival to be held in Manito Park this weekend

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Photo by Dylen Le of Element Snap | Courtesy of Friends of Manito
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This year's event is the second annual art festival at Manito Park.

Community members can see up to 70 artists this weekend at the second annual Manito Art Festival.

The festival, hosted by the Friends of Manito, will support new artists and raise funds to maintain the historic park.

Kelly Brown, president of the Friends of Manito, says the festival is also designed to give lesser known artists a platform.

“There's artists out there who may not have the means to do a three-day event, or an event out of town,” Brown said,” This gives those emerging artists a chance to shine. In addition to those new artists, we also have some well-established artists who have done this before. So, it’s a really great contrast of old, and new.”

Brown said the event is also a way to celebrate the historic park and its influence.

“It's a perfect spot to have an art festival because so much of the art in Spokane is inspired by Manito Park,” Brown said, “it makes sense that this event is here and was created to kind of merge the two together.”

In addition to art venders, there will also be food and live music available, as well as nature displays and children’s activities by the botanical alchemist, a Spokane-based art duo that creates floral and other displays from natural materials. The festival starts at 10 a.m. Saturday East of Duncan gardens in Manito Park.