The Highland Arts Council is set to celebrate world-class art in a hometown atmosphere with its 18th annual Art in the Park and newly dedicated mural on the wall of the Weinheimer Community Center in Highland.
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A multitude of people will enjoy the two-day juried exhibition and sale of works by professional artists from Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9 at Lindendale Park in Highland, just 30 miles east of St. Louis.
Art in the Park is free and open to the public and features original works in a wide range of artistic mediums including paint, clay, glass, drawing/pastels, fabric/fiber, wood, sculpture , photography, jewelry, graphic design/printmaking and mixed media.
A special space for emerging artists – students or recent graduates – to showcase their work and offer artwork for sale is new to Art in the Park. HAC believes it is important for the community to support these emerging artists and encourage them to become the best they can be.
“This family-friendly festival brings professional artwork to the community while providing music, food and fun for children and adults alike,” said Lynnette Schuepbach, event chair and chair of the Highland Arts Council. , producer of Art in the Park.
“We are delighted to celebrate the successful 18th year of Art in the Park, which showcases the arts culture of the region and the nation and brings it directly to the community of Highland and surrounding areas. HAC members are delighted to make art available to residents of Highland and surrounding areas.
Throughout the weekend, artists will share their art in the form of finished objects and as part of their demonstrations on their booths. By learning how each medium is produced, attendees will see the value of each piece. In addition to the work of professional artists, you will enjoy an exhibition of youth art produced by students from surrounding schools. Or the kids might want to participate in an interactive public art banner that they can paint on. All are invited to join the party.
“We hope not only to promote artists over the weekend, but also to inspire new artists and art lovers,” Schuepbach said.
“There aren’t many other places kids can build their own art collection 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 artistic projects in the Kids Kreation space.
Food and beverages will be available throughout the fair. Lindendale Park is handicapped accessible and parking is free. The works will be exhibited and for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday October 8 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday October 9.
You pay – you eat and drink – you Get your money back to buy art
Be one of Art in the Park’s VIPs to celebrate the event’s 18th anniversary. Pre-pledge dollars allow people to attend the preview party, scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, October 7, and use the money to purchase art.
Admire the works of art before they are opened to the general public, eat and drink, listen to live music and chat with the artists. Pledge a minimum of $100 for two people to attend the party, then use that money to purchase art. To take advantage of this unique opportunity, call 618-558-0054 or send a check to Highland Arts Council, PO Box 33, Highland, IL 62249.
Once the board receives the pre-pledge dollars, the preview party invitation will be mailed to the person. “Art Bucks” in the amount of Pre-Engagement Dollars can be picked up at the preview party or anytime during the show. The Preview Party is sponsored by Edward Jones Investments/Matt Armentrout, Edward Jones Investments/Kevin Dewaele and Edward Jones Investments/DeAnna Domagalski.
While in Highland for Art in the Park, take time to view the recently dedicated mural, designed and painted by Robert and Liza Fishbone at the Weinheimer Community Center, 1100 Main St. in Highland.
This father-daughter team from On the Wall Productions based in St. Louis has been involved in approximately 200 mural projects, with a wide variety of clients and in multiple states. Liza, a prolific street artist, joined in 2015.
The mural is a combination of historical icons and hope for a bright future. The mural is HAC’s newest addition to the Art Walk, a self-guided tour of artwork throughout the city.
The mural and Art in the Park were made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts & Education Council Bayer Fund Rural Community Arts Program.
For more information, visit highlandartscouncil.org. Follow the Highland Arts Council on Facebook and Twitter.