Free and open to the public, Art in the Park will feature original works in a wide range of art mediums, including: watercolor, oil/acrylic, clay, glass, drawing/pastels, fabric/fiber, wood, sculpture, photography, jewelry, graphics/printmaking and mixed media. Artwork will be exhibited and offered for sale in outdoor booths from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 and on Sunday, October 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“We attract talented artists from the Metro East and St. Louis and as far away as Oregon and the East Coast,” said Lynnette Schuepbach, the event chairperson and vice president of the Highland Arts Council, the producer of Art in the Park. “Art lovers will find one-of-a-kind pieces in a wide range of prices. There really is art for everyone at Art in the Park.”
Jurying for Art in the Park will be conducted by a panel of experienced arts professionals. The 2011 panel includes: Jeffrey L. Vaughn, Artist, Alton, Ill.; Brenda Schilling, Artist and owner of Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, Ill.; and Dr. Joseph Weber, retired SIUE Art Education Chair. This year, a total of $10,500 in cash prizes will be awarded in 12 categories as well as special awards.
Throughout the weekend, glass makers, plein air painters, wire sculptors and other artists will be holding demonstrations at their booths. In addition, two locally-celebrated muralists, Lucy Gelthorst-Gish and Mari Gish – of St. Louis – will be creating a mural on-site. Upon its completion, the work will be displayed on the exterior of City Hall in Highland for the enjoyment of the local community.
Back by popular demand is Dueling Desserts, a food-as-art competition and demonstration featuring artful, edible desserts prepared by chefs and culinary professionals within the bi-state area. Attendees vote for the best dessert by dropping spare change in jars throughout Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds are donated to a food pantry operated by Highland Area Christian Services Ministry.
“Kids love coming to Art in the Park. Where else can they buy beautiful art for just a few dollars?” said Schuepbach. “Making art accessible to young people is one of the best ways to instill a lifelong appreciation for art.” The Children’s Gallery allows any child up to the age of 18 to purchase artwork donated by exhibiting artists for $5. In addition, young people can create their own art projects and get their faces painted at no charge in the Kids Kreation area.
Food and drink will be available throughout the fair. It’s a great event for a beautiful day with the family. Lindendale Park, the site for the event, is handicapped accessible and parking is free.
Art in the Park will be held in Lindendale Park located at 2025 Park Hill Drive, Highland, IL 62249, just 35 miles east of St. Louis. Event hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7 and on Sunday, October 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To learn more, visit http://www.highlandartscouncil.org/
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About the Highland Arts Council
The Highland Arts Council actively promotes the arts in the community of Highland through a variety of activities and projects. The Highland Arts Council provides a showcase for local artists and an educational opportunity for many members of the community to be exposed to the arts. The Highland Arts Council enriches people’s lives though the appreciation of the arts and providing educational opportunities involved with the arts. The Highland Arts Council is always looking for new and exciting ways to promote all areas of the arts as well as providing budding artists, both young and old, with new and creative ways to showcase their art.