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One of the largest and oldest art festivals in the region kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, when more than 175 artists will set up shop on the quainter-than-quaint streets of Lewiston for the village’s 47th annual art festival. The event features four blocks chock full of work by painters, sculptors, photographers, graphic artists and purveyors of jewelry and craft items.

The festival will take on an especially environmentally conscious tone this year, with several activities meant to draw attention to the importance of sustainability and recycling. In a space festival organizers have dubbed the Modern ArtZone, kids can create their own art out of discarded material donated by Skunning Inc. Festivalgoers can toss their forks, knives and napkins into recycling carts transformed into art by the young members of Artpark’s summer art camp.

In addition to its focus on the environment, the festival will feature its annual chalk drawing contest Saturday, as well as a collection of work by high school and college students, performances from street musicians and plenty of food options. Call 754-0166 or visit artcouncil.org.

– Colin Dabkowski