The Port Arthur News
Shelby Stanley dipped her paintbrush into a plop of purple paint before carefully applying the color to the canvas in front of her.
Stanley, 7, of Groves, next added the color brown to her painting of flowers, a bright yellow sun and a honey bee. Her grandmother, Joann Sowell, watched as the masterpiece came to life during the Fourth Annual Affair of the Arts held at Celebration Park in Groves on Saturday.
“This is our first time here,” Sowell said. “This is nice. We wanted something to do with the kids.”
Steve Dailey held onto a paper plate with dabs of paint as his granddaughter Brylee Crum, 2 1/2 created her painting.
“She likes to paint,” Dailey said adding that this marked their first time attending the event.
The event, co-sponsored by the Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center and the Groves Affair of the Arts Committee, was created as a way to showcase local artists and their creations within the gates of the park.
Vendors set up booths in the picturesque park and outside its gates on Lincoln Avenue selling everything from paintings and jewelry to handmade items and more. Several more vendors were also at the park selling food and drinks while local bands provided musical entertainment.
At one booth — Design’s by Susan — featured deco mesh wreaths created by Port Arthur resident Susan Trahan. Trahan’s sister, Joan Collazo, and cousin, Patricia Doyle, manned the booth.
“This is her first time to have a booth here,” Doyle said. “We talked her into it. She started out making wreaths for her family.”
The wreaths are custom made; those on display featured holiday and seasonal themes and even a beach theme complete with a turtle decoration and seashells.
Just yards away Adam Cook displayed his paintings and artwork. Cook recently moved from Biloxi, Miss. to Orange to be with his mother whose husband recently died.
One large framed painting featured his interpretation of the musician Eric Clapton.
“I can’t always afford canvas,” Cook said as he noted that canvas wasn’t used in the framed artwork. He also enjoys creating murals and is not intimidated by the size of the project.
Marty Godwin, with the Friends of the Groves Public Library and Groves Beautification Committee, was pleased at the bustle of activity at the park.
“We have more vendors and more variety this year and we have some really quality products being offered in the park this season,” Godwin said. “We love that the chamber and (Affair of the Arts) committee are able to use Celebration Park for their community event.”
Ronnie Boneau, executive director of the Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center, strolled through the park checking out the exhibits.
“So far it’s been good,” Boneau said about an hour into the event. “We have more booths and a bigger variety this year and the crowds are bigger at this time then the same time last year.”