Robert Motherwell said, "Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it."

And thanks to several local artists, they are willing to help enrich your lives by sharing their art with you in the 3rd Annual Art Meander to be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15 from 12-5 p.m.

The sole purpose of the Art Meander is for the community to have an opportunity to be exposed to fine local art.

All participating 12 artists are members of the Pocono Mountains Art Group, an organization of the Pocono Arts Council. Many are well-known instructors and exhibiting professional artists.

The Meander takes you on an unguided tour to their galleries and studios.

The participating artists this year are:

*Patricia Smith, Gallery on the Farm at 501 Akiba Road, Stroudsburg, 570-629-1944

*Mary Jane Arner and daughter, Michelle Arner and Julia Saeger at Mary Jane's Fresh Air Gallery, 3 Idlewood Drive, Stamford Heights, Brodheadsville, 570-992-4539

*Alice Prall, Still Waters Art and Works, Countryside Dr., Brodheadsville, 570-992-2170

*Darlene Hyde, The Hydeaway, Pleasant Lane, Brodheadsville, 570-992-7051

*Will Daskal, Pheasant Road Art Studio, 1258 Pheasant Rd., Saylorsburg, 610-381-6188

*Gary Embich, Sun Oak Arts, Saylorsburg, 570-992-7007

*Charlene Taylor and Arlene Hez Conklin, Patio Gallery, 1503 Seneca Trail, Effort, 570-629-0236

*Linda Marnell, The Littlest Gallery, Laurel Dr., Kunkletown, 570-629-3136

*Joy Warner, Creatively Yours Art Studio, 869 Resica Falls Rd., East Stroudsburg, 570-223-9866.

There will be free refreshments at each of the galleries plus each gallery will have a free raffle.

If you would like a free brochure with a map to each of the participating galleries, contact Mary Jane Arner at 570-992-4539, Linda Marnell at 570-629-3136 or Will Daskal at 610-381-6188.

So take a leisurely meander down some beautiful country roads to visit with some old and new friends, and make your life richer because of it.