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Arts and Wine Festival Features Outstanding Artist Vendors

The Cortland Arts and Wine Festival will feature over 50 regional artists and artisan crafters in its Fourth Annual edition being held Saturday, August 7, from 10 am to 6 pm. The Festival, held in the Courthouse Park in Downtown Cortland, is free to the public. There is an admission charge for entry to the wine tent, where proof of age is required.

“The quality of this juried show will be the best yet,” exclaims David Beale, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Cortland County, the sponsoring organization. There will be a large selection of ever-popular jewelry for purchase. Local artist and teacher Carrie Contento will feature some of her ceramics. More unusual creations include egg art by Valerie Dunckle and pine needle baskets by Carol Lukovitch. Especially appropriate are articles made of fused wine bottle glasses by Lisa Schneider and “spirited servers” from slumped glass by Brackney, PA, crafter Betsy Sodon. There will be pottery, stained glass, knitted and crocheted items, and much more.

Visual artists include many returning crowd favorites such as locals John Downey and Kathie Beale. Popular returning artists from beyond Cortland County include Marian Simpson from Endicott, Randi Carpenter from Schenectady and photographer James Burlitch from Ithaca. Laurie Seamans and Joan Niswender will once again participate. Emily Gibbons, local artist who recently moved to Cortland from Rochester to work at The Picture House, will make her first appearance with a selection of paintings and photographs from Ireland where she studied with George Dugan. Cortland’s Sherry Dans will display her fascinating photographs of local wildlife including photos from The Waterworks in Cortland.

Entry to the wine tent, open Noon to 6 pm during the August 7 Festival, will provide ticket holders a chance to taste wines from 16 NY State wineries. Advance discount tickets are available online at and at The Picture House at 85 Homer Ave in Cortland. Tickets can also be purchased at the wine tent. Watch for discount coupons in The Cortland Standard. Proof of age will be required at the entrance, and everyone entering must have a ticket.

Free for the public’s enjoyment is the popular classically oriented live music being performed throughout the day and the display tent area where more than 50 artisan and artisan crafters will offer their creations for sale. A fantastic selection of regional foods will be available for purchase in the food court. “The Cortland Arts and Wine Festival is quickly becoming the premiere outdoor arts festival in the Finger Lakes region. You must come see why!” says committee chairperson Ann Finamore.