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A feast for the eyes at Appetite for the Arts

Appetite for the Arts organizers L to R: Keith Flemming, Jeff Morgan, Carol Morgan and Jeff Sondles, Operations Director at Liberty Aviation Museum.

Friday night, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council held its seventh annual Appetite for the Arts festival at the Liberty Aviation Museum hangar at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport.

On Friday night The Main Course gala took place. There was a sit down buffet catered by 1812 Food & Spirits and Cielo Grande complete with a cash bar, dessert and dancing. The music of the night was provided by The Naked Bacon Band and The Junk. There was a silent action and raffles along with the artists’ booths on display for gala goers to get a sneak peak at the show.

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Indulge your ‘Appetite for the Arts’ August 15-17

Appetite for the Arts 2013

Have an appetite for the arts? Time to splurge on a grand buffet of art, food, children’s activities and music at this year’s Appetite for the Arts at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Aug. 15-17.

Feast your eyes on jewelry, paintings, metalwork, woodworking, sculpture, photography and more from some of the area’s finest artists at this year’s event in the huge new hangar behind the Liberty Aviation Museum. Children of all ages can have a hands-on art encounter in the Children’s Art Experience.

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‘Brewing Up’ surreal paintings for Appetite for the Arts

“Matt the Weird.” Matt Ritter is ready for that nickname after people take a gander at his latest paintings and illustrations at Appetite for the Arts at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Aug. 15-17.

Here’s a sampling: A gaggle of 1930s-style cartoon characters fronting a band. A melting Mickey Mouse, his shoes dripping away into nothingness like runny eggs. And a painting of Jesus, conventionally posed but wearing a mask resembling hot-rod character Rat Fink.

“I’m going back to my roots as an illustrator, but with the technical skills I developed doing portraits and landscapes and experimenting with color for so many years,” said Ritter of Castalia, also a brewer at the Catawba Island Brewery. (The chalk drawings behind the bar are his.) “I get inspiration mainly from my childhood, when I was slinging pizza with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and being obsessed with Mickey Mouse and the world Walt Disney created. It’s fun to take those experiences and reimagine them as an adult.”

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