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Highland’s Art in the Park brings culture to rural Madison County this weekend

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Pancake artist Ben Daniels of Dancakes makes an edible creation from Stephen King’s “It” at the 14th annual Art in the Park. Dancakes was one in the over 50 artist stands that participated in the event, which was Oct. 14 and 15 at Lindendale Park
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Pancake artist Ben Daniels of Dancakes makes an edible creation from Stephen King’s “It” at the 14th annual Art in the Park. Dancakes was one in the over 50 artist stands that participated in the event, which was Oct. 14 and 15 at Lindendale Park

The Highland Art Council will celebrate its 15th annual Art in the Park next weekend at Lindendale Park

The annual event brings more than 70 artists and their artwork to the area park and is free and open to the public. The event features original works in a wide range of art mediums; including paintings, clay, glass, drawing/pastels, fabric/fiber, wood, sculpture, photography, jewelry, graphics/printmaking and other mixed media.

“It is our fifteenth year and we’re very excited about being around for that long,” said Lynnette Schuepbach, Art in the Park Chair.

The Highland Arts Council was founded in 2003 by a group of Highland residents who wanted to bring more culture to the rural area, Schuepbach said. Fifteen years on, the council hosts community art events in Highland throughout the year, including Art in the Park, Art of Soul, a youth art expo and a street art festival.

Artwork will be exhibited and offered for sale in outdoor booths from 10 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, Oct. 12 from 6-9 p.m.

Schuepbach estimated around 9,000 people attended last year’s art in the park. She said the event is family-friendly and, this year, aimed towards encouraging younger generations to appreciate and acquire their own art.

“We’re trying to encourage our youngsters to collect and know the value of art,” Schuepbach said.

A youth art exhibit will be a new addition at this year’s Art in the Park, featuring work from students school districts around the area, as well as a “Just For Kids” art gallery for children up to the 18 years old to purchase artwork donated by exhibiting artists for $5. In addition, young people can create their own art projects in the “Kids Kreation” area.

Another addition is the event’s Unity project, a square where attendees can wrap yarn around different posts that represent different things about themselves. The yarn is then lifted, creating a community built design.

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The annual Art in the Park event in Highland will take place from Friday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 13. People can provide prepledge dollars to attend the Art in the Park preview party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and use that money to buy art. Provided

Art throughout Highland

This year Art in the Park will feature a city-wide, self-guided tour of artwork 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 walkers and a photo with details about each piece are included as well. Brochures for the art walk can be picked up at Lindendale Park.

For more information, visit www.highlandartscouncil.org.

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