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Highland’s Art in the Park is a real work of art

Barb Shoemaker and Donna Picket talk with glass artist Reinhard Herzog at last year’s Art in the Park.
Barb Shoemaker and Donna Picket talk with glass artist Reinhard Herzog at last year’s Art in the Park. Highland News Leader

The Highland Arts Council has created a masterpiece in the 12th annual Art in the Park.

Sixty-five artists will display and sell their work Saturday and Sunday in Lindendale Park, competing for nearly $18,000 in prizes. Categories are clay, drawing, fabric and fiber, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, glass, wood, mixed media, oils and acrylics, sculptured and photography. Artists come from as near as Highland and St. Jacob and as far away as Minnesota and Florida.

Festivalgoers can watch artist Patricia Baldwin, of Dixon, work throughout both days to create a mozaic using alcohol ink techniques. Her work will be mounted after the show and displayed in the city for all to enjoy.

Kids can make their own art in Kids Kreations. Art materials will be provided free. All the kids need to bring is their creativity. They can also have their faces painted by Highland Arts Council members and volunteers.

And, children 5 to 18 can visit the Art Gallery ... Just for Kids and purchase a real piece of artwork for $5. The pieces were donated by exhibiting artists, just for the kids.

Food is another big part of Art in the Park. Nine food vendors will be selling such taste-tempters as pulled pork and chicken, carnitas and rice, fried pickles, kettle corn, chicken and pork kabobs, nachos, frozen bananas and cheesecake.

If you like to mix art and food, check out the Dueling Desserts competition in which top chefs make artistic presentations of their specialties. Participants are Pat Jacoby from Patty-Cakes in Higland, Jenny Cleaveland from Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, Leslie Gillette from Planter’s House, TCM Southern Sweets in St. Louis, and Martin Lopez from in St. Louis.

Their desserts will be on display and attendees can vote for their favorite and purchase samples by placing money in their favorite’s cash jar. All proceeds will be donated to the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry Food Pantry.

If you’re feeling lucky, you can purchase raffle tickets at $5 a ticket or $20 for five tickets for the chance to choose any piece of art up to $500. Call 618-558-0054 for tickets or purchase the at Art in the Park

At a glance

  • What: 12th annual Art in the Park with 65 artists competing for nearly $18,000
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Lindendale Park, Highland
  • Art Gallery ... Just for Kids: open both days where children can buy art


  • 10 a.m. Exhibits open
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids Kreations open with hands-on art projects
  • noon-4 p.m. Music by Second Gear


  • 11 a.m. Exhibits open
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids Kreations open
  • noon-2 p.m. Dueling Desserts
  • noon-4 p.m. McKendree University Jazz Quintet
  • All day both days: Demonstration of alcohol ink art by Patricia Baldwin, of Dixon