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Chaffee hosts 52nd Annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festival, Aug. 10-11

RUTLAND - This weekend Main Street Park in Rutland will be bustling with juried artists, craftspeople, specialty food producers and music to entertain the crowds of art enthusiasts at the Chaffee Art Center's Annual Art in the Park at the Junction of Routes 4 and 7.

The Chaffee Art Center annually presents two Fine Art and Craft Festivals Art in the Park and they were recently voted one of "Vermont's Top Ten Events" by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and named one of the "Sunshine Artist 200 Best."

Summer Art in the Park is held Aug. 10-11; Autumn Art in the Park, Oct. 12-13. This year will host over 100 new and returning vendors including fine art, clay, metal, glass, floral, fiber, jewelry, photography, wood, specialty foods and beverages, demonstrations, live music, delicious food, crafts and children's activities. The event is held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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2012 Exhibitors reported good sales and a high degree of satisfaction with the events, The Chaffee Art Center reports. "Art in the Park 2012 was a success all the way around with exceptional weather, appreciative crowds, high quality art, and enthusiastic organization. We look forward to more of the same in 2013!" said popular Art in the Park vendor Peter Huntoon.

The Chaffee estimates attendance is expected to be around 8,000 to 10,000.

Rounding out the festival are musical performances each day featuring Max O'Rourke on acoustic guitar and vocals, Saturday, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Then from 2-5 p.m. Dead Relay will take the stage with a three piece band and vocals. Sunday, brings Poultney Blue Grass Band from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by Andy Lugo, who will play until 5 p.m.
Additionally, there will be Belly Dancing performances at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Art in the Park is one of Vermont's oldest continuing arts traditions, and the Chaffee's major fundraising event, occurring twice yearly in mid-summer and autumn. For information, visit

Photos by Maxx Steinmetz