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A Reborn LeMoyne Chain Of Parks Art Festival Will Be A COVID-Conscious Affair

Tom Flanigan
Details of the 2021 Chain of Parks Festival were announced during a Jan. 21 reception at the LeMoyne headquarters and gallery on Gadsden Street.

Organizers say everything possible will be done to ensure participant safety while keeping the event enjoyable for art lovers and artists.

There will be a LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee this year. The announcement came during a Jan. 21 kickoff reception at the organization's combination gallery and headquarters on Gadsden Street.
LeMoyne Board President Kelly Dozier said the event had been all set for its 20th year when the pandemic struck.

"Last year, we had to cancel," she reminded attendees.

This year, added festival manager Powell Kreis, the Chain of Parks happening has been re-imagined.

"You'll have to sign up for a free ticketed event and you'll get to pick your day and time slot, but that way we'll be able to manage the crowd size. We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe, we want our artists to be safe and we need to find ways to have artistic, cultural experiences in our community and still have it be a safe event."

In support of that goal, Kreis said the venue will be more physically spread out than in previous years and the number of participating artists would be reduced from nearly 200 as in previous years to 125. Among them is Tallahassee printmaker Jim Sherraden whose work was chosen for this year's program cover.

"I want to represent every artist who's out of work these days, who can't make a damn dime," he exclaimed.

But those taking part will have their work seen - and perhaps purchased - during the reborn Chain of Parks Festival, April 17th and 18th.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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