UTICA, N.Y. -- The clanging of hammers was a welcomed melody, on Genesee Street in Utica, Sunday morning, as workers put up the framework and artwork, for Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute's annual Sidewalk Arts Festival.
"Well, we have two days outside to set it up and inevitably it usually rains one of the days so we're able to get it done in one day but there are a few weeks of prep work behind the scenes," said Associate Registrar, Laura Laubenthal.
Covid forced the festival to go digital last year. And this year, both the artists and art lovers are happy to have the festival back in person.
"Well people were pretty excited to participate this year especially since they couldn't bring their art in lat year. So we have the typical themes, we've got portraits and landscapes but you'll see some social commentary this year as well in light of some things that happened in 2020," said Laubenthal.
The festival gets underway Tuesday, July 27th.