What to know about the return of Columbia’s Art in the Park


Visitors check out an artist's booth at Art in the Park 2018.

As an artist and Columbia resident, Kelsey Hammond marked the formal start of summer season at Artwork in the Park. 

A Columbia Art League custom considering the fact that 1959, the festival gathers artists from throughout Missouri — and the nation — under the wide blue sky in excess of Stephens Lake Park.

The festival comes together with the standard nevertheless one of a kind rhythms of a higher education city, Hammond mentioned: college college students scatter, schoolchildren are off for the summer, and the local community convenes to greet favorite — and probable new favored — artists, making the most of the lush, laid-back surroundings. 

Two pandemic a long time interrupted this rite of passage, bending summer season out of its regular form. As CAL director considering that July 2019, Hammond manufactured the “heartbreaking” conclusion to phone off the function. 

Last but not least, the summer tradition resumes — and Hammond will manual her 1st Art in the Park — as the festival returns Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. An array of artists will exhibit and provide their functions, which range from everyday merchandise imbued with magnificence and purpose to parts meant for partitions and mantels. 

A patron looks at ceramic pieces during Art in the Park 2018

Describing the spectrum of artists, Hammond drew a extensive line, starting up with the “regular” and traveling past whimsy to the downright “wacky” or “tongue-in-cheek” — artists who have a definite location at a summer months pageant, especially one resuming following two tricky years.

“I consider which is where we require to be in our art use correct now,” Hammond stated.

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Deepening the Artwork in the Park expertise

A sign welcomes visitors to the 60th Art in the Park in 2018.

The spirit of Artwork in the Park, very well-nurtured by earlier directors and a great number of volunteers, continues to be the exact same, Hammond claimed — an inviting outside art occasion. Looking to this calendar year, and ahead to long term festivals, she isn’t going to always want to widen or expand the experience, but to deepen it for artists and readers.  

“The most significant thing to me — this is what I proselytize — I want people to enjoy handmade objects,” Hammond explained.


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