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Art show makes good impression at Smokey Point Plant Farm

Betty and Stan Ball came down the hill from their Seven Lakes area home to check out Art at the  Smokey Point Plant Farm Sept. 13. -
Betty and Stan Ball came down the hill from their Seven Lakes area home to check out Art at the Smokey Point Plant Farm Sept. 13.
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SMOKEY POINT — A brand new art event, Art at the Plant Farm enjoyed a sunny, bright day with warm air and lots of great art amid the last of the flowering plants.

“I think it was a great success,” said organizer Kent Baker.

“Sales wise, it was not that great, but we didn’t expect that on a first year event,” Baker said.

He said that plant farm management was also happy.

“The plant farm employees seemed to enjoy the show,” Baker said.

“Joel [Hylback — the owner] stopped by for a while on Sunday and we talked about ways to improve it.”

The bright light of the green house was perfect for showing art, although the cement floors kept them cool. Glasswork glistened in the sunlight. The artists warmed up at noon after a chilly morning on the cold cement. Oil paintings of flowers blended in well with the blooming pansies outside the greenhouse.

Shoppers who arrived for plants did not seem disoriented by the art show which was held Sept. 13-14.

At least one woman from Marysville attended especially to see the art.

“I love to hang out here,” said Jayne Dinsmore. “I didn’t expect to see quite so much art here.”

Dinsmore was recovering from a house full of relatives over the past two weeks.

“I come here to the plant farm to calm myself down. The art show is a real nice addition.”

The only failure, according to Baker’s assistant, Denise Schwans, was that the Kettle Korn didn’t show up.

“They called to explain it was a family crisis,” Schwans said.

“We’re already thinking about ways to make it better next year,” Baker said.

“We hope to develop this into a major art event for the future.”

Art at the Plant Farm is a replacement for the studio tour presented by the Arlington Arts Council after Thanksgiving in the past few years.

“Everyone who did the studio tour said this is much better,” he said.

“I would deem the show a success.”

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