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Bridgewater to Hold First Annual Arts Festival

Apr 30, 2016 12:06PM ● By Clare Heekin Lynch

Situated alongside the Beaver River, Bridgewater is a charming place to grab a bite to eat or spend a lazy afternoon fishing, walking or just relaxing. It’s a family-friendly town where everyone’s your neighbor and is ready to greet you with a welcoming smile.

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bridgewater will also welcome its first arts festival, so come prepared to celebrate one of the quaintest towns in western Pennsylvania by stretching your legs along a magnificent mile of art, music and food. Discover delicious restaurants, unique shopping and, of course, some of the most talented artists in the region!

Because of her passion for art and her love for the town of Bridgewater, founder and local business owner Tabatha Knox worked hard to pull this event together. “This is our first year for the Bridgewater Arts Festival and we are really excited to bring all of the local communities together to display their creative specialties,” she said. “The Bridgewater Community Development Corporation has been working hard to line up great music and expand our artist vendors. In addition to artist and studio craft vendor booths, the festival will feature live music, family activities, and sponsor and nonprofit booths.” 

The scenic pathway where the event will be held is situated among trees and winds along the riverbank, offering plenty of grassy areas for visitors to sit and relax. “The focus on the area is very inspiring, and we’re hoping that the weather will be warm and spring-like, giving everyone the opportunity to get outside and enjoy it,” Knox continued.

The event will feature more than two dozen painters, photographers and craftsmen displaying and selling their work, including local artists Gary Means and Lora Russell, who will be ‘live painting’ on canvas. Additional demonstrations will include quick sketching portraits with oil and watercolors by community artists, and work on display will include garden art, items made from recyclable material, trendy florals, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, wheel-thrown and handcrafted pottery items, alpaca yarn and items, and much more.

“There is so much creativity in our area,” Knox said. As a talented artist herself, the photographer, who is the owner of local studio and art gallery Vibrant Images, is not only helping to run the event, but will also be on-hand to display her pet and nature photography. 

“My mission is to always present more than just a learned technique of using a camera. Like most artists, I want my work to show inspiration, character and true feeling of expression,” she said. “And that’s the purpose of holding this festival —
to allow others to feel and appreciate everything that is around us, while helping our artists be recognized for their contributions to the art world.”

There will be live music by Christian spiritual performers Mary Phillips and Ken Townshend, and contemporary and classical jazz artists Jeannie Allen and Skip Cooper. Local restaurants will showcase their fare and food vendors will serve up hot dogs, cupcakes and lemonade. In addition, the Beaver Falls Beauty Academy will offer face painting for children and the Beaver County Humane Society will be promoting pet adoptions.

The committee is still welcoming artists, vendors and sponsors to the event. “Right now, our top sponsors are Tom Sipes Demolition, National Wellness Supply, and Vibrant Images, but we’d love to have more businesses involved in order to make this event a successful one!” said Knox.

For more information, contact Knox at 724-774-1731 or