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Barefoot in the Park draws artists to Duluth

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Artist Jose Pena of Duluth, works on a painting in his booth at Barefoot in the Park on Saturday afternoon in downtown Duluth. The event continues today.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Artist Jose Pena of Duluth, works on a painting in his booth at Barefoot in the Park on Saturday afternoon in downtown Duluth. The event continues today.

DULUTH -- Well into Saturday afternoon, Anthony Cappetto was loving his first trip to Barefoot in the Park, Duluth's annual arts festival held on the town green.

"I think it's great," he said. "I like the people, I like the festival, I think it's a fantastic thing. I want to come back if they'll have me."

Cappetto wouldn't technically have to ask permission to return to the free festival -- unless he wants to come back in the same capacity he is this weekend, flashing his skills as a professional street painter.

By Saturday afternoon, the artist from New York City was already approaching 20 hours of work on his piece at the far end of Barefoot in the Park.

Festival-goers gathered around the roped-off artwork, watching Cappetto work with pastels, face covered in shades of green and blue, the knees of his khakis a strange blend of several different colors.

"This is called 3-D pavement art," he said during a break. "This is a scene depicting a waterfall on the left side, with cliffs on the right side. That gray is not actually the sky, it's a rock ledge I'm suspending for effect so when people are at the back, they'll look like they're on the edge looking down."

More than 75 juried artists displayed and sold their work on the Duluth town green Saturday and will continue to do so today, paintings, sculptures, jewelry and garden art being explored as vocal groups and storytellers performed in the background.

Cappetto, who travels the United States and the world sharing his talents, had high praises for the seventh annual event.

"I'm having a great time," he said.

For more information on Cappetto and his art, visit www.artforafterhours.com.

Barefoot in the Park continues today beginning at noon.