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Shippensburg SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival

Glass artist Mike Peluso is frequent demonstrator at the annual SHAPE festival
Glass artist Mike Peluso is frequent demonstrator at the annual SHAPE festival

Are you a fan of the arts or an artist yourself? Then take part in the majestic masterpiece of summertime’s artistry with the 9th annual Solstice Arts Festival. To be held in Shippensburg Township Park on Britton Road, this year’s event will kickoff on Saturday, June 21 at 9 a.m. and run through the day until its conclusion at 4 p.m.

A free family-friendly festival event, the annual Solstice Arts Festival is designed for art lovers and artists themselves as well as those who enjoy music, good food, children’s arts and craft activities and anyone else looking for a way to utilize creative juices of all sorts. Sponsored by Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education, known as SHAPE, the festival also emphasizes the importance of personal health and wellness and environmental sustainability.

The SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival is held each year, the third Saturday in June as a launch to the summer season celebration. As this is a time to promote happiness and relaxation at the beginning of these warmest of seasonal, spirited months, the festival originated as an event to “celebrate the fine arts and give artists a chance to bring their talents to the public,” according to Michael Shawn Richardson who coordinates the festival.

As Richardson explains, the festival has expanded to include many other areas of interest, however the core of the festival remains the artwork. “Each year more artists find their way to this growing festival to display, sell, and demonstrate their art.” And this year is no exception. From local and regional artists alike, festival attendees from all around are welcome to come out and enjoy watching artistic minds at work in creating and selling their unique masterpieces from a wide array of mediums including glass blowing, pottery, painting, fiber arts, photography, jewel-crafting and sculpture and much more.

In addition to arts in the traditional sense, the festival is remarkable for its many other unique offerings. Some highlights include medieval artistic highlights and demonstrations, sustainable living practices, wellness practices, unconventional foods including vegan and organic options and much, much more.

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