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Through the Looking Glass Art Festival features local artists and authors, as well as plenty of fun

Gazing intently at a book resting on a table below the wooded canopy of Wait Park, Melissa Targity is pondering a purchase and enjoying the decision-making moment.

During the eight hours of the inaugural Through the Looking Glass Art Festival in Canby's Wait Park on Saturday, Targity wasn't the only one enjoying the moment.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Colors galore were on display at Wait Park during the Through the Looking Glass Arts Festival Saturday.

The inaugural festival of a revamped Canby Arts Association, the gathering was a celebration of area authors and artists, and the people who enjoy them all.

"I love these types of events because you often run across some works, either art or literature, that I just don't find in my normal creative haunts," said Targity. "Canby used to have a pretty active arts association, but I know it had suffered a bit in recent years, so I'm delighted to see some new blood invigorate things. This is a wonderful festival and there's a bounty of creative whimsy and words here. Delighted to be here."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Artists and authors across a wide array of mediums were in Wait Park Saturday for the Canby Arts Association's inaugural festival.

Clearly, Targity wasn't alone in her impression of the festival as hundreds of arts and literature fans, as well as the merely curious, strolled through Wait Park examining the offerings, sampling the food and enjoying the interactive displays.

"I'd read about it in your paper (Herald-Pioneer) and thought, 'This is something Canby really could get behind,'" said Canby resident Alicia Telander. "I know very little about art, but I'm always looking to find my next read, so thought I'd come down and see what I could find."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Lots of interesting items were on display at the Through the Looking Glass Arts Festival on Saturday in Canby's Wait Park.

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