The Highland Arts Council is set to celebrate world-class art in a hometown atmosphere with its 15th annual Art in the Park. The two-day outdoor juried exhibit and sale of works by professional artists, which brings 9,000 attendees annually, will be held Oct. 13-14 at Lindendale Park in Highland, just 30 miles east of St. Louis.
To honor its 15th anniversary of Art in the Park, the Highland Arts Council has organized an Art Walk throughout the City of Highland. It is a self-guided tour of artwork that has been commissioned and donated by the Highland Arts Council, the Highland Garden Club, the Highland Community School, grants from the Highland Area Community Foundations, the Highland Chamber of Commerce, and specific individuals. A map of the locations throughout the city will guide you and a photo with details about each piece are included as well. Pick up a brochure at Art in the Park and tour the city or return another day for more artistic fun.
Art in the Park is free and open to the public and features original works in a wide range of art mediums, including: painting, 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 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. A VIP Preview Party will also be held Friday before the event on Oct. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.
“This family-friendly festival brings professional artwork to the community while providing music, food and fun for children and adults,” said Lynnette Schuepbach, the event chairperson and the president of the Highland Arts Council, the producer of Art in the Park. “We are pleased to be celebrating Art in the Park’s 15th successful year of showcasing the art culture of the region and the nation and bringing this directly to the community of Highland and surrounding areas.”
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Throughout the weekend, over 60 artists will share their art. Some will give demonstrations at their booths. This year, a total of $9,000 cash prizes will be awarded in 11 categories. In addition, the attendees will enjoy a Youth Art Exhibit from surrounding schools and participate in an interactive public art Unity Project that aims to tie the community together. All are invited to join in the fun.
“We hope to not only promote artists over the course of the weekend, but also to inspire new artists and art enthusiasts,” said Schuepbach. “There aren’t many other places where kids can start their own art collections with just a few dollars.”
The Art Gallery ... Just for Kids 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 in the Kids Kreation area.
Food and drinks will be available throughout the fair. Lindendale Park is handicap accessible and parking is free.
For more information, visit www.highlandartscouncil.org. Follow the Highland Arts Council on Facebook and Twitter.