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Farstad brings art to the park

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For the second straight year, local artist Sheila Farstad is using art to attract people to the Roche Percee Recreation Site.

Farstad's Lost and Found Art in the Park initiative started on June 20, and will continue until Thursday, July 3. Farstad is camping at the park, and people are invited to visit her between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"We're making art with things that are at the park: found objects … like sticks, stones, shells, leaves and feathers. What's created is really much up to everyone that participates."

Those created items can be left for other people to find, she said.

"It's practicing non-attachment to the artworks that we create," said Farstad.

Items will be in a bag or some other cover, and will be accompanied by a sign that will encourage people to take them home, or leave them for someone else.

If people find the artwork, they can let the artist know through a Facebook page that Farstad has created.

In addition to making art, Farstad will be creating a large walking labyrinth in the park, and is seeking volunteers who are interested in participating.

Last year Farstad organized the Art Experiential Mystery Event, which brought people closer to artwork, fostered interest in the park and gave people an opportunity for some hands-on art making.

"Near the end, it was booming," said Farstad.

Farstad said she loves the idea of art being available to everybody, and she doesn't want to see barriers that separate the art creation process and the public.

She noted that the park was devastated during the flood of 2011, but it has a rich history, and has been home to many peoples over the centuries.

"Whether it's a place to walk the dog, come and bird watch, canoe the river, picnic, wilderness camp, escape the grid, retreat or unplug, this little park has lots to offer with its uncomplicated presence," she said.

Farstad wants to bring attention to the park by donating her time and art materials for two weeks.

"I believe wholeheartedly in this little park, and want people to benefit from it being here," said Farstad. "As an artist, I may not have gobs of money but I do have gobs of art supplies so my donation will be what I have – some time, stuff and art know-how."


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