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The works on display include this collection of blown glass.

Lora Walker’s favorite painting shows the Arizona hillside where her brother’s ashes were scattered.

Marvin Drenter’s projects include a model of the barn on the first farm he ever bought, and a drawing of a race car like the one he was driving when A.J. Foyt asked him for driving advice in 1964.

Sara Kreutner’s favorite is a pencil drawing of actor Kevin Tighe from one of her favorite TV shows – “Emergency!” The almost 16-year-old who calls herself “The Homeschool Artist” said the TV show the premiered a quarter-century before she was born has inspired her to want to be an EMT.

Walker, Drenter and Kreutner are just three of the 33 artists from the Vinton area and beyond who have brought their projects – and their stories – to Celebration Park.

The first Arts in the Park festival organized by members of the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts took place Saturday at the park, where the artists displayed and sold some of their projects; a few demonstrated how they perform their craft.

The welcome booth at the middle of Second Street included a map listing where each artist’s booth is located.

Musicians performed throughout the day from the Burns Mossman Gazebo, which Vinton Parks and Recreation leaders officially dedicated a week ago, during a day-long celebration of the new park, which fills a block where the flood of 2008 destroyed nine homes.

Other artists include Vinton native Steve Haefner, who brought many of his home furnishing creations from West Des Moines; Brian and Jennifer Parr of Vinton; Paul, Mandy and Shelby Roster; Amanda Dedrick; photographer Ann Jorgensen; Brenda Kersevich; Bonnie Deutsch and Trudy Seidel; Anita Gordon; and Dandeena Schadle. See a complete list click HERE.

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