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Friday, August 02, 2013 12:01 AM


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DELPHOS—While taking in all the sights and sounds of the Canal Days festivities, be sure to take a stroll over to First Financial Bank where the Art Show will be on exhibit between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Even though this is the first year Diana Hoffman has chaired the Art Show, she has been involved with the event since 1990 when she began working at the bank.


“The Art Show originated in 1959 and became an annual event in 1986, for Delphos Canal Days,” Hoffman said.


Hoffman explained that planning for the set up and execution of the event begins in August when she sends letters to local artists that have showed in years past. She also runs an article in the Delphos Herald and advertises on the WDOH prompting local artists to display their artwork along with information on how to register for the event.

“As for the setup of the actual event, everyone in the Delphos First Financial Bank office helps with whatever and whenever they can,” Hoffman said. “ They assist by setting up the displays and working during the weekend of the event.”

Hoffman really enjoys volunteering for the Delphos Canal Days.

“I feel it is very rewarding and exciting to see what our local artists do in their free time,” Hoffman said with admiration. “I’m just amazed to see what comes in each year.”

Canal Days Art Show at First Financial BankShe says patrons that come to see the artwork say they are “just amazed to see who can create these different kinds of artwork each year.”

Each show varies year to year with differing artists and art forms. At this point, Hoffman does not know who or how many artists will display their work.

“In the past, there have been woodworking, painting, drawing and crochet works on display, along with jewelry-making activities,” Hoffman explained. “It’s been a delightful experience to see someone’s artwork on display and realize that I have known them for a really long time and yet had no idea that they did something like that.”

Hoffman looks forward to many aspects of Canal Days. She enjoys meeting and talking with new and different people, as well as seeing and catching up with friends she has not seen in a while. She also savors her time with family and friends during the parade.

Contact First Financial Bank at 419-695-8110 for more information.

Last Updated on Friday, August 02, 2013 12:21 AM

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