The Camelback Festival of the Arts, a new joint artistic cultural venture, will debut Saturday at The Château at Camelback. The show hours are from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, with ample free parking for all show visitors. The event is co-sponsored by the Pocono Mountain Arts Council and the Pocono Mountains Art Group,

Admission is free and will feature approximately 35 fine artists, potters and photographers of the region.

The exhibit will include functional and artistic pottery, wooden sculpture, photography, traditional and digitally-enhanced, and a wide variety of paint styles and mediums, including watercolor, oil, acrylics, pastels and mixed media.

The list of show participants includes notable internationally-acclaimed and regionally renowned: Audrey Altemose (pastel); Grace and Les Banach (iron and slate sculpture); Jone Bush (pottery); Anibal Collazo (acrylic and pencil); Will Daskal (acrylic, oil, mixed media and watercolor); Helene Elko (button jewelry); Gary Embich (watercolor); Nancy Embich (photography); Maria Ferreris (acrylic, oil and watercolor); Norma and Joe Fisch (oil and watercolor); Darleen Hyde (acrylic); Steve Kager (acrylic); Donna Kallesser (oils); Mary Kester (jewelry); Linda Kreckel (watercolor); Karen Laposh (wood art); Catherine Laskaris (silk scarves); Milan Mielcherick (painting); George Miller (acrylic); Rocco Negri (acrylic & collage); Joe Noto (wood art); Nancy Pitcher (oil and watercolor); Frank Rehm (wood turner); Joan Sayer (acrylic, mixed media and watercolor); Ariel Sekula (oil painting); Pia Somerlock pottery); Julia Saeger (acrylic, photography and watercolor); Sandra Selesky (wall art-wreaths); Myra Trumpaitzky (jewelry); Claudia van Schouwenburg (photography); and Joy Warner (wildlife art and wooden sculpture).

As a special feature, water-media artist Will Daskal will provide a live, on-site, original painting demonstrating utilizing a variety of creative techniques. In addition, artists have donated works for a raffle drawing.

For additional show information, contact Daskal, at 610-381-6188or, or Dr. Nancy Pitcherat 570-646-8014,