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.
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
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