One sure sign of summer in central New York is the arrival of the Munson-Williams- Proctor Arts Institute's Arts Festival, and it's going on now. There are many interesting paintings and photographs in the freee sidewalk art show. My son had a painting in the show a few years ago, and it's fun to see other local artists' and photographers' work on display.

Here's more about the arts show, according to mwpai.org:

"2014 Arts Festival

Sidewalk Art, Music, Classic Cars and Much More For 7 Days and Nights

The 2014 MWPAI Arts Festival will be held Friday, June 27 through Wednesday, July 2 where guests will experience a colorful extravaganza of live music, sidewalk art, mural painting, antique autos, and much more.

The Festival's highlight attraction, the Sidewalk Art Show, returns with 200 fascinating works in a colorful array of media. Children will enjoy fun-filled artistic activities. Guided tours and illustrated talks give new insight into the Museum of Art collection and exhibitions.

Free and open to the public Friday, June 27 – Wednesday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

310 Genesee Street

Utica, New York"

For a complete schedule of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Arts Festival, visit: mwpai.org.