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Summerfair Inspires Community

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Nearly 10,000 people enjoyed the festivities at this year's Summerfair at Veterans Park.

The gathering was a chance to check out more than 100 artist's work and benefit the Yellowstone Art Museum. This festival is the second largest fundraising event for the Yellowstone Art Museum.

"It's something we do for a different aspect of the artist community, the crafters, as well as fine artists," says Robyn Peterson, Yellowstone Art Museum Executive Director.

In addition to crafters and fine artists, there were culinary artists, musical artists; it was basically a gathering for all artists and a way to reintroduce the community to all of the various forms of art in our community.

"It's a way to get introduced to people in our area who are doing art, hand crafting and fine artwork. They get to be introduced face to face to some of these artists as well as engage themselves in a little bit of hands on activity," says Peterson.

And for the artists, it's a chance to learn from one another and inspire others to incorporate more art in their lives.

"I love doing art shows because you're around other artists, get to see their work get to see new ideas," says Buzzy Gamble, an artist from Texas.

"I'm going in to art so it's all over, all the time. I do it all the time. It's what I love, it's my passion. So, yes it does, it definitely inspires me," says Sydney Sherman, a member of the MSU-Billings Art Student League.

The Summerfair inspires many. It's the largest art show of it's kind in the region.

Peterson says this year's two day Summerfair was a success, similar fundraising results to last year's Summerfair.