Highland News Leader

Letter to the Editor: Many people helped with Art in the Park

Dear Editor,

Thanks to all the people who attended the 12th Art in the Park. Our committee spends an entire year planning, organizing, gathering, writing and more to prepare. Without the members of Highland Arts Council, the many volunteers, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and representatives from the Hard Road Theater that helped us that weekend, Art in the Park couldn’t happen. You’re all amazing!

Sponsors of Highland Art in the Park are the best. These are companies and organizations who want to provide culture to the community and its residents. We especially thank Mayor Joe Michaelis and the entire City Council for its support. They are forward thinkers and know that this event brings thousands of people into our community. The Highland News Leader was also a major sponsor again this year. The company, its staff and parent company (Belleville News-Democrat) have been a sponsor since the beginning and help to spread the word of this world class art show presented in a hometown atmosphere.

Matt Armentrout/Edward Jones and Carl Dempsey/Edward Jones were major sponsors of the Preview Party. Gary Bargetzi and the Helvetia Sharpshooters were such gracious hosts. They provided a beautiful setting, pavilions and lots of parking for our art-loving guests. The Nathan Jatcko Trio entertained us at the Preview Party, and Urban Farmhouse fed us delicious food that night. Thanks to all of them. To see the entire list of sponsors, visit www.highlandartscouncil.org. HAC encourages you to patronize their businesses.

We also appreciate more than 60 artists, both local and national, who invested themselves, their time, and their art in Art in the Park. Without them, we would not have the quality art available for the thousands of attendees. The food vendors also provided a terrific variety of food for the masses.

Thanks to artist, Patricia Baldwin of Dixon, Ill., who demonstrated tiles using alcohol inks The demonstration was funded in part by the Monsanto Rural Community Arts Education Program through the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis. The tiles will be donated to the city for display. Watch for cards promoting iconic locations in Highland.

Thanks to Second Gear and the McKendree Jazz Quintet for their musical expertise and Dueling Desserts chefs: Pat Jacoby from Patty-Cakes in Highland; Jenny Cleveland from Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville; And Leslie Gillette. Paulette Todd did a terrific job with the Kids Kreation area, rounding out the family-friendly event with fun for the kids.

Highland Arts Council is so proud to be a part of the Highland community. We are looking toward a future project to create a “treehouse” art gallery in Lindendale Park. If you are interested in becoming a part of it or to find out more, email me at lynnette@highlandartscouncil.org. Thanks for helping to create a city we are proud to be a part of.

Lynnette Schuepbach

Art in the Park chairperson