Leitchfield’s very own annual arts and crafts show, Art in the Park, returns this month to James D. Beville Park on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.
The free event will be filled with juried art and crafts, a wide variety of children’s art activities, and an eclectic mix of musical genres and food.
Each year, Art in the Park offers a variety of media and styles for both the casual and discriminating art lover.
“With two full days, art lovers, the community, and visitors have a greater opportunity to enjoy the show,” said Event Organizer Rita Stevenson. “We’re excited to have many new and returning participants this year.”
That growing list of participants currently includes Indiana metal craftsman Brad Cox, last year’s Peoples’ Choice award winner.
Also on hand will be local jewelry designer and Etsy entrepreneur Rhonda Frank, and local mixed media artist Paula Haynes, who was recently juried into the St. James Art Show.
Also back for an encore are the colorful handwoven brooms of Skip and Susan Peek; upcycling master Fred Asplen, of Berea, with his unique take on meditation bells; textiles and wearable fabrics from Mellonee Tilford; and paintings from Jeanie Kittinger, another People’s Choice award winner.
New artists will be featured in photography and pottery among other categories. Student art will be on display in elementary, middle, and high school categories.
“Local art lovers don’t have to travel to Louisville or Nashville to see top-notch art and craft,” said Stevenson, adding that it’s not too late for artists to participate in the show.
Non-stop entertainment will also be on tap both days with a variety of musical acts. Currently scheduled are McDonald Road, The Downs Project, the Edwards Family, Mudd Blossom Special, and the H.W. Wilkey Elementary School Chorus.
Budding young artists will also have the opportunity create original works in the Children’s Pavilion, which will host special art projects complete with takeaway lessons to recreate them at home. All ages are invited to Sunday’s Pavilion Paint Party.
New this year for children is “Splatter in the Park.” Youngsters are invited to cover a huge blank canvas with paint splatter between their activities. The giant creation will come to life throughout Saturday and become part of the annual silent art auction, along with works by displaying and local artists.
Art in the Park opens at 10 a.m. and will run until 5 p.m. both days.
Free parking and a trolley service to and from the park will be available in the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Wallace Avenue parking lot, just across the street from the venue.
Proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Grayson County Alliance, a charitable organization formed to help Grayson County residents with limited resources. Alliance programs include the local Food Pantry, School Backpack Program, Furniture Program, and Repair Affair.
Last year, inclement weather forced Art in the Park to change venues to the inside of Grayson County Middle School (GCMS). Should that issue arise again, Art in the Park officials have ensured that GCMS will be available as a back-up location and will alert the public of the change the week of the event.
For more information about Art in the Park or to download an artist application, visit the event website, www.gcaartinthepark.org, or Facebook page by searching “GCA Art in the Park.”
For more information about the Grayson County Alliance, visit gc-alliance.com.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.