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Storm damage cancels Schlafly Beer's annual 'Art Outside' festival

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MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Saturday's storm caused 80 percent of the tents at the annual 'Art Outside' festival to be knocked down and 66 local artists had damage to their original artwork. 

Almost every piece of art at the festival received either weather damage or was crushed by debris from the storm. 

Photographer Jeane Vogel had set up a tent presenting her work for the festival. Dozens of her art pieces were damaged by the rain. They are just a few of the casualties of Saturday night's storm. 

"It was sad, I was very sad for a lot of the artists," said Vogel. "A lot of the artists lost everything. I had substantial damage, but I didn't lose everything. "It's nobody's fault, there's nothing we can do about it, but we can help each other to clean up the mess."

Vogel has participated in art festivals for decades. She said the risk of storm damage is something that happens at these types of events although the artists don't always expect it. Despite the loss at the 'Art Outside' festival, Vogel will help run the upcoming Webster Arts Fair. 

"Art is important, it really is," said Vogel. "People think it's frivolous but it's really not. This defines our souls, and when we see it destroyed, it's sad. But we just pick up and keep going."

The event's organizer told News 4 the rest of the festival is canceled because of the damage. 

University City and Richmond Heights also received storm damage in the form of fallen trees. 

A GoFundMe campaign was created Sunday afternoon to help raise money for artists that had their booths destroyed. To donate click here

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