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|Longtime Sellers at "Art in the Park"
|Comfortable conditions and a variety of sights, sounds, and smells likely helped make a two-decade-old event in downtown Galesburg once again a success.
The 23rd annual Art in the Park was in Standish Park Saturday. The annual event put on by the Galesburg Civic Arts Center featured 50 different artists and vendors, along with another couple dozen youth exhibitors, along with food and live entertainment.
George Bedeian of Blue Grass, Iowa has been selling his hand-made jewelry for around 15 years or so at the event, and tells WGIL he loves coming to Galesburg.
"This fit in our scheduled, so we tried it, and we liked it," Bedeian said. "It's close to home, doesn't require an overnight motel, and the people are wonderful down here, and they support us. Rain or shine, they're here."
Bedeian says he's also an aviator, so he likes the fact that he's in town the same time as the annual Stearman Fly-In.
He tells WGIL selling jewelry at art shows like "Art in the Park" is, for him, serious business, and keeps him on the road almost all the time.
"(We sell) usually two or three weeks in a row, then we have a week off to make more stuff," Bedeian said. "This weekend, we (were) in Galesburg, then (Sunday) we'll be in Grand Detour, Illinois at the John Deere Historic Site."
Bedeian makes various types of jewelry, and so do his wife and daughter, who also sold their wares at "Art in the Park" -- each focusing in different colors and types of work. He says he loves that such artwork is a family affair.
Photos of what George Bedeian says are some his best sellers:
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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