The Festival of Arts celebrated its 80th season at an invitation-only party Saturday night that harkened to the 1930s.
But it was this year's show that created the buzz.
"It is stunning," said Rosemary Swimm, wife of artist Tom Swimm, who was decked out in a tan, double-breasted suit with dark shirt and a spiffy hat for the opening, among the folks who dressed for the 1930s theme.
Swimm is celebrating his 25th anniversary in the show by producing 25 miniatures of scenes from some of his big pieces or favorite subjects, but he is pleased to see newcomers in the show.
"There are a lot of new styles," he said.
Newcomers include photographer Don Earhart, a retired businessman who had taken his hobby to the next level.
He submitted three black-and-white photos of flowers past their prime, which got him juried into the show.
"I was told I couldn't call them "Dying Flowers," so they are "Florals in Transition," he said.