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49-years of promoting the arts

Published On: Jul 24 2013 05:09:25 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 24 2013 07:14:54 PM EDT

The Bath County Art show is in its 49th year.

BATH CO., Va. -

School's out for the summer at Valley Elementary, but inside creativity is at the head of the class.
Welcome to the Bath County Art Show.

Explains Co-Chair Jim Fechner, "This art show has been here for 49 years. This is our 49th year. And it's really great. The art work is great."

The show has gotten bigger and better since it started in 1965.
This year, nearly 300-professional artists from all over the country have entered more than 800-pieces. Click here to see photos from the art show.

The submissions run the gamut: from oil paintings and sculptures -to charcoal drawings that have you questioning if they're actually photographs.
All of them are for sale.

In addition to showing off pretty pictures and interesting art work, this event is a fundraiser to raise money for scholarships, field trips and children's arts programs.

Already the art show is on track to raise more than 20-thousand dollars for the Bath County Arts Association.
The group's goal is to put a brush, pencil or pastels into the hands of every kid who's interested in exploring their creative side.
And, that's one of the reasons the group says the show is thriving.

"Its always had a strong board that wants to see the arts promoted in the community. Through the years, the arts have been lost and so we get stronger to keep it going," explains Co-Chair Ellen Collins.

While the sights are already set on next year's 50th anniversary show, there is still time to enjoy this one.
It runs until Sunday and is free to the public.

In addition to bragging rights, the artists compete for up to 95-hundred dollars in cash.

For more information, click here.