It’s Going Like Sixty Years: Art in the Park opens May 22 | Mountain weather
BLOWING ROCK – More than four dozen exhibitors are scheduled for Art in the Park’s opening weekend on May 22, the first of six scheduled shows in the series which will run through October.
“We had already scheduled the May 22 show under the COVID-19 restrictions that were in place to reduce capacity and promote social distancing,” said Suzy Barker, events coordinator for the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. . “The easing of these restrictions has come much faster than expected, so as the summer progresses we will again approach full capacity at around 94 artists.
“We are delighted that things are getting back to normal. Forecasters say it should be sunny this weekend, so this will be a great way to start the summer months, ”said Barker.
The art in the longevity of the park is a testament to both its popularity and impact.
“Art in the Park is now in its sixth decade of contributing to the cultural enjoyment of residents and visitors of Blowing Rock. There is also a significant economic impact as it attracts tourists from all over the region, putting their heads to bed for the weekend, darkening the doors of our retail stores and filling the seats and tables of our restaurants, ”said said Charles Hardin, CEO of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.
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“I can’t even count the number of times people have told me they found a perfect gift or something for themselves at Art in the Park,” said Tracy Brown, General Manager of Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority. “Whether it’s furniture, jewelry, textiles, leather clothing, pottery or paintings, there are special pieces here that make wonderful and unique gifts.”
All exhibiting artists are selected by a jury, with each show featuring a different set of artists. In addition, each show is organized to present a wide variety of artistic mediums. The May 22 fair, for example, presents artists and artisans working in wood, clay, leather, photography, metal, fiber, paint (oil and watercolor), mixed media, basketry, sculpture, glass, engraving, 3D mixed media and jewelry. . Some exhibitors are returning after having already participated, others for the very first time.
All of the artist’s tents stretch along Park Avenue in Blowing Rock, from Main Street to Wallingford Street. Free downtown shuttle service is provided by Art in the Park’s producer host, Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. The free shuttle leaves from Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway where parking is plentiful, directly at the lounge, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It only takes a few minutes for the shuttle, for which the “red cart” runs continuously. Close parking is available at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, as well as Blowing Rock School. In each of these locations, there is a small fee for parking, with the proceeds going to support one or more local non-profit activities. Additional free parking can be found in the Maple Street parking lot, as well as in or on the city-maintained parking decks on Wallingford Street and adjacent to the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.
Guests who come for the weekend won’t want to miss the free concert in the park on Sunday May 23, featuring folk, indie and home roots music performed by songwriter and musician Shay Martin Lovette. based in Boone.
The planned dates for Art in the Park in 2021 include May 2, June 12, July 17, August 14, September 11, and October 2. The show takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.