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July 23 - Art in the Park / Taste of Olean


Regional artists and artisans will be exhibiting and selling their work at the 68th annual Art in the Park on Sunday, July 23 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council simultaneously with the Taste of Olean, which is sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. Art in the Park is a one-day juried outdoor art exhibition that is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the visual arts and the talented artists and artisans in the area. 

There is something for everyone at Art in the Park / Taste of Olean 2017: visitors can tour the various tent galleries, talk to the artists about their work, and purchase pieces while children play in the bounce houses or on the playground. Get something to eat at Taste of Olean and hear live performances on the stage. Wander through this beautiful park of mature shade trees, eat at the many picnic tables, or in the dining pavilion, and take a dip in the public pool. This is a family-friendly destination to spend the entire day.

THE TASTES -- The Taste Of Olean, co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, National Grid Co., and GOACC’s 49 corporate sponsors provides an affordable and enjoyable festival in a socially responsible manner for families of the greater Olean area, enhances the quality of life in Olean, and promotes downtown.   The vendors will present “tastes” of foods, smaller portions with affordable costs between 50 cents and $3.50.  Restaurants that will be appearing at the Taste include: 

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Seneca Allegany Casino & Resort
AnnMarie’s Baklava 
Nutty Bavarian
Maple Ridge Bison
Certo Brothers

Sanzo Beverage
Pepsi Cola Booth
Beef n’ Barrel Restaurant
The Point Restaurant HammerBack Bar & Grill
Sinfully Delicious

THE ARTS — Art in the Park, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC), is a juried fine arts show with a long-standing tradition of showcasing the finest art in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.  The artists include: 

Donna Sallade, Paper Flowers
Jill Phillips, Baskets
John Balacki, Paintings
Black Raven Pottery
Jerry Cummins, Photos
Wild Mt. Organics, Soaps
Joyfulenergy, Jewelry
Kumbha Moon Soaps
Jennifer Godbout, Paintings
Southern Tier Symphony
Catt. Co. Arts Council
Realtime Photography
Miranda Turner, Paintings
Betty Runkle, Paintings,
Maria Welka, Jewelry
Earthology, Artisan Soaps
Heidi Jimerson, Drawings
Wildheart Photography
Twin Tier Writers
Sharon Bushnell, Fiber Arts
Dutch Hill Pottery
Aeress Designs, Jewelry
Michael Weishan, Photos
Eileen Weishan, Fiber Arts
Pinnacle Pottery
Girl Scouts of Western NY
Mary Kay Worth, author
Jenny Bunker, Paintings
Denise Drummond, Drawings

THE SIGHTS -- Kimmie Sue from the Mountain 106.3 and Olean’s 98.7 will be on hand to play great Rock without the hard edge and give away some great prizes as well! So not only are you getting great food, but FREE entertainment as well!

FAMILY FUN -- Eric Jones Caricatures – Get a caricature done of you and your friends!   YMCA Inflatables – Enjoy the inflatables from the YMCA.  The fee is each Ride $1.00, or an All Day wrist band $5. 
TASTY RAFFLES – Five dollars gives you 20 chances to win gift certificates to area restaurants, the newest Santa Claus Lane ornament, Challenger Learning Center class, and more!

BACK AGAIN – Genesee Valley Central School will bring their ROBO-JAGs to the Taste of Olean. The team creates robots that are then entered into competitions.  The robots will be on hand at the event.


MUSIC TO YOUR EARS -- The music never stops with Theater Workshop of Olean lining up continuous entertainment. 

1100 Taste of Olean / Art in the Park opens
1100-200 Genesee Valley Central School ROBO-JAGs
1100-500 Girl Scouts of WNY will be doing kids' art projects
1200 the STAR program, School House rock
1200-400 Catt. Co. Arts Council will be doing kids' art projects
1230 Olean Area Irish Dancers
1230 - 230 The Mountain Radio LIVE Remote
100-400 CHALK ART Contest at the Basketball Court
145 Hospitality Wall of Fame Award Ceremony
200 Olean Theater Workshop with Sweeney Todd
200-500 Eric Jones CARICATURES
245 Neighborhood School of Dance
300 Olean Community Theater

MARKETPLACE at the TASTE -- The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association showcase local food and catalog vendors during the Marketplace @ The Taste.  Vendors include:

The Enchanted Mercantile
SPCA in Cattaraugus County
Fat Root, LLC 
Neighborhood School of Dance
Tastefully Simple
Gardens of Eternity
J and J animal Products


NEW TO THE EVENT: The ReHabilitation Center will be hosting a Lawn BOCCE ball tournament during the Taste / Art.  The tourney will start at 12 p.m.  Registration is $50 per team of two, which includes $12 in Taste food/beverages.  For more information on the Bocce, please call 716-375-4730. FLYER

NEW TO THE EVENT: Cattaraugus County Arts Council presents a Public Chalk Art Contest!  The Contest Categories include: Youth: ages 10-15 yrs. And Adult: age 16 and older.  Please register at War Vets Park basket-all court on July 23rd at 10 a.m.  The fee $5 per person with chalk provided for first 28 entries or, bring your own chalk. Judging begins at 3 p.m. FLYER

WALL OF FAME Presentation: The winners of the Taste of Olean Hospitality Awards will be recognized during the Taste, 1:45 PM under the big tent down at War Veterans Park.  The eleventh class of inductees is: Mike and PJ McAfee, Anthony Procacci, Ola Mae Gayton, and Paul & Lisa Marra. 

Past Hospitality Wall Winners

LASTLY:  GOACC will not be selling taste tickets for the food/beverage this year; each vendor will handle the cash transactions at their booths. 

For more information on the Taste of Olean, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email. 

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