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Art in the Park returns to Highland this weekend

Barb Shoemaker and Donna Pickett talk with glass artist Reinhard Herzog of Ballwin, Mo., at last year’s Art in the Park.
Barb Shoemaker and Donna Pickett talk with glass artist Reinhard Herzog of Ballwin, Mo., at last year’s Art in the Park.

More than 60 artists in 12 different categories will be showing their work, which will be on sale to the public, this weekend at Lindendale Park when the Highland Arts Council presents its 12th annual Art in the Park.

Art in the Park hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11.

The event is a juried competition, exhibition and sale, featuring work by artists from around the country. A total of nearly $10,000 in prize money will be given out. Judging for Art in the Park will be conducted by a panel of experienced arts professionals.

A variety of delicious food will be available, and live music will be played throughout the event. There will be artwork being made live and an area for children to make their own art.

Preview Party

Want to get an early look at all the art?

Pledge a minimum of $100 you plan to spend at Art in the Park, and you receive the opportunity for you and a guest to view artwork from nearly 65 booths during a Preview Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday before it opens to the general public.

There will be complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment at the party. And, you can intimate conversations with your favorite artists

“Art Bucks” equaling your pre-pledge dollars are yours to spend any time during the show, Friday-Sunday.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity, call (618) 558-0054. “Art Bucks” in the amount of your pre-pledge dollars may be picked up at the Preview Party or any time during the show.

Tile mural to be created

Patricia Baldwin, an artist from Dixon, Ill., will be creating a work of art on ordinary glazed tiles to create a mural for the city of Highland. You’ll be able to watch her create during Art in the Park on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11 at Lindendale Park in Highland. The Highland Arts Council will donate the finished work to a prominent location in the City of Highland.

The creation of this commissioned artwork is made possible and partly funded by the Monsanto Rural Community Arts Program through the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis. The Highland Arts Council is grateful to them for honoring us with this grant.

Dueling Desserts

Dueling Desserts, an artistic presentation of food, will also show art in action. Participants in this year’s Dueling Desserts are Pat Jacoby from Patty-Cakes in Highland; Jenny Cleveland from Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville; Leslie Gillette from Planter’s House, TCM Southern Sweets in St. Louis; and Martin Lopez representing ChefMartin.net in St. Louis. Desserts will be on display. You can vote for your favorite and purchase samples of their work by placing money in your favorite’s cash jar. All proceeds will be donated to the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry (HACSM) Food Pantry.

Art Raffle

Win $500 to purchase art. The raffle winner may choose any piece(s) of art up to $500. Cost is $5/ticket or $20/5 tickets. Call (618) 558-0054 for tickets.

Tree House Art Gallery presentation

Highland Arts Council (HAC) has announced its intent to begin plans for an art gallery in Highland.

The group does not want to have a run-of-the-mill gallery, like every other one around. The intent is to build a space that will not only show unique artwork, but also become a destination just to experience the building itself. HAC is hoping to be able to utilize the space for music, performance, rehearsals and events, as well as an educational space for the annual Art of Soul workshops, which happen every February/March.

A 3-D visual presentation of the concept will be revealed at Art in the Park throughout the two-day event. Stop in the Highland Arts Council booth to see the display and to become a member of Highland Arts Council. HAC is a 501(c)3, so donations can be made directly to it and deducted from taxes as a charitable donation.

For Kids

“Kids Kreations” Children can create their own works of art and get faces painted.

“Art Gallery…Just for Kids” Children 5 to 18 can purchase art donated by the artists for $5.

The Judges

Charity Davis-Woodward Originally from Indianapolis, Charity holds a master’s in fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s of library science from Indiana University.

As a full-time studio potter for the past 20 years, her focus has been on limited production porcelain, wood-fired pottery. She has taught ceramics for the St. Louis (Mo.) Community College system and is a frequent workshop presenter for clay guilds, universities and craft schools, such as Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

She has served as a juror for art fairs and as a curator for art exhibitions. Her work can be seen in numerous professional publications, private and public collections, and at exhibitions and gallery events around the country.

Kathryn Nahorski Since February 2012, Kathryn has served as the executive director of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, one of the oldest continually operating arts organizations west of the Mississippi.

For 30 years, she has participated in and has a passion for community arts activities. Those experiences provided the foundation for Kathryn’s work with the Atrium Gallery, Towata Gallery, Jacoby Arts Center and now the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. She has planned and staged more than 80 exhibits over the last 10 years. In addition, Kathryn has coordinated numerous exhibits in alternative spaces for the Madison County Arts Council and ARTEAST. She also has planned gallery talks, workshops, and community art classes that support educational components of exhibitions and provide insight into the creative process.

Kathryn received her master of fine arts degree in painting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1992 and her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., in 1979.

Michael Anderson Having studied at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Michael’s career as a designer, illustrator and artist has lasted for more than 40 years and continues to lead him in new artistic directions that include works of public art and collaborative endeavors with other artists. He is an avid sketcher and always has several sketchbooks as well as digital drawing apps going at once.

Michael is the recipient of the Highland Arts Council’s 2007 Dona Weder Abbott Award For Artistic Excellence.

He is a member of Missouri Plein Air Painters Association and a signature member of the Saint Louis Watercolor Society and the Architectural Illustrators Society of America.

His work is included in the collection of the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation, as well as other private and corporate collections.