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An Occasion For The Arts 2008 Williamsburg VA

The 40th Annual 2008 Occasion for the Arts has successfully closed. Created to spotlight the visual and performing arts in the greater Williamsburg VA area and to provide a venue for artists and art lovers to meet. Additionally, The Williamsburg Occasion for The Arts promotes the expansion of arts in the community, provide grants to area schools, and scholarships to area art students pursuing higher education in the arts.

 

A beautiful day , a huge crowd and an eclectic band of talented artists combined to make this year’s Occasion one of the best yet according to the staff.

Throngs of people clog Duke of Gloucester Street. Art enthusiasts go from tent to tent, making small talk and appreciating the unique works on display.

The exhibitors who’ve traveled here for An Occasion for the Arts are getting lots of company under their portable tents. And it’s not just people trying to escape today’s hot sun.

Artists who come to Williamsburg for An Occasion say they’re showing, and selling art to a knowledgeable, enthusiastic crowd.

Artists travel from all over the East Coast, and as far away as California, for the show. Many of the visiting artists compliment the organizers for running such an organized, artist-focused show.

So many musical acts that it was hard to choose who you would listen to on the multiple stages. Our favorite Poisoned Dwarf  !

Three members of Poisoned Dwarf are alumni of the Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums. One of them, Lance Pedigo, is currently the corps’ drum major. Another member of the band is a classically trained musician while yet another has roots in the Akron, Ohio, punk rock scene. All of them currently work for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Started in 2001 With  Eric Hunter playing  banjo, guitar; Wayne Hill, fiddle, guitar; Lance Pedigo, bohdran, djembe, triangle, slappy things, shakey things and percussion; Stewart Pittman, whistle, smallpipes, low whistle, bones, shaker; Thomas DeRose, flute, whistle, button accordion.

With a style that is mainly traditional music of Ireland, with music of Scotland, Cape Breton and Brittany mixed in. The result is energetically arranged music that is fun to listen to and entertaining to play. Check out their website for future performance  www.poisoneddwarf.com 

Be sure to check out The Occasion For The Arts Website for updates on 2009.

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