Arts Shine in Port Jervis Arts Walk
Arts Shine in Port Jervis Arts Walk
Shyla Macaluso performs at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Shyla Macaluso performs at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Laurie Cortez and her children at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Laurie Cortez and her children at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Marie Loeb (L) and Dawn Benko at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Marie Loeb (L) and Dawn Benko at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Artwork on display at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Artwork on display at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Jessica Harris, Gabriel Morris, Anthony Morris, and Drake Eshleman at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times

(L-R) Jessica Harris, Gabriel Morris, Anthony Morris, and Drake Eshleman at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times

Artwork on display at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Artwork on display at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Patty Koch shows her paintings at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Patty Koch shows her paintings at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Stephen Cook displays his photography the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Stephen Cook displays his photography the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Maeve, Annie, Caden, and Sean McGoey at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Maeve, Annie, Caden, and Sean McGoey at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Vendor table at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Vendor table at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Julianne Yulfu (L) and Natalia Gallego at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Julianne Yulfu (L) and Natalia Gallego at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Vendors display handmade goods from Peru at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Vendors display handmade goods from Peru at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Little dancers perform at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Little dancers perform at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Dancer Drake Eschelman performs at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Dancer Drake Eschelman performs at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Dancers perform ballet at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

Dancers perform ballet at the 17th Annual Arts Walk in Port Jervis on July 18. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

PORT JERVIS, N.Y.—The 17th Annual Arts Walk on historic Front Street was alive was music, art, and dance on July 18. The street was filled with works of photography, paintings, and handmade clothing so beautiful they could be called works of art. 

The cloudy Saturday was shaping up to be sultry but vendors, visitors, and performers seemed not to notice. 

Love of nature and love of animals seemed the order of the day. Solar company GreenStreet came out from the Bronx to tell visitors the benefits of solar power. Steven Cook’s Nature in the Lens showed the fierce beauty of wildlife. His photos of eagles were especially inspiring.

Photographer Dawn Benko says on her website to “stop looking and start seeing.” Her images of natural landscapes were inviting in the hot weather. A large table covering that said “Where Animals Matter” expressed the mission of Animal Manor Sanctuary in Huguenot, which creates a home for homeless pets. 

Songtress Shyla Macaluso sang while she accompanied herself on the guitar to entertain the afternoon crowd. The Dance Center in Port Jervis presented several crowd-pleasing acts, climaxed with selections from the classic ballet Swan Lake.

If visitors had a yen for local produce, they could walk to the parking lot next door to visit the Port Jervis farmer’s market on its opening day.

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