Art in the Park Kicked off Saturday

5 years 6 months 1 week ago Saturday, June 01 2013 Jun 1, 2013 Saturday, June 01, 2013 3:32:00 PM CDT June 01, 2013 in Continuous News
By: Elaina O'Connell

COLUMBIA - The 55th Annual Art in the Park kicked off Saturday at Stephens Lake Park. Columbia Art League organized the entire festival.  

"Art in the Park  has been going since 1958," Columbia Art League Executive Director Diana Moxon said. "We have been in Stephens Lake Park for the last eight years." 

Chelsea Swentik from Columbia Art League said there are 110 different artists with tents set up, and there are also about 200 volunteers.

Moxon said the goal of the Art in the Park is to bring arts to everybody.  

"Maybe the first time they come they buy a coffee mug," Moxon said. "They are buying art, and it begins to change their impression of 'well maybe I do like art,' and so that is only for the good of everybody." 

There is a little something for everyone. Moxon thinks it is important to get the kids involved with art. 

"They are tomorrow's artists and tomorrow art patrons," Moxon said.

The Columbia Art League was not sure if the festival would be able to go on because of the severe weather Mid-Missouri has been having. 

"Setting up in the rain was a first and I would not want to do that again," Moxon said. "We had to change the whole footprint of the festival, move the food vendors, move the kid's art, but it ended up being a great solution." 

The festival runs Saturday until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information on the festival and the artists visit http://artintheparkcolumbia.org/index.html

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