MAA is early
Manchester artists hold Art in the Park in August with People Fest
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Artists Association has shared space with the Mill City Festival and Bel Esprit, usually in September for their annual outdoor art show and sale. This year their Art in the Park show is happening early.
Labor Day weekend is late this year, said organizer Tiffini Frisella. They would have had to compete with Glendi, a major Greek festival in Manchester. A big car show on Elm Street was also scheduled for the weekend they would normally hold Art in the Park.
About 35 MAA artists are expected to show work at Art in the Park, 2009, which is Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sunday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Veterans Park on Elm Street in Manchester. They’ll be sharing the park with the three-year-old People Fest, which celebrates the cultures and heritage of Manchester.
The MAA itself is about 42 years old and evolved out of a park art show in Manchester, according to Frisella. The art show has also been held in WMUR’s parking lot and at the Center of New Hampshire, “but Veterans Park is our favorite place for it,” Frisella said.
It’s an open show, but artwork brought by participating artists is judged, and about 20 awards are given in five categories. Young mixed-media artist James Chase (www.neverfading.com) has won best in show at Art in the Park and will be showing and selling work again this year. Among others appearing are painter Dee Lessard (www.DeeLessard.com), who has participated in the juried Women Artists of the West show in Denver.
Find work at Art in the Park in oil, and acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography and mixed media. Costs for original work can range from about $50 to $2,500, but patrons can also find prints and cards for as low as $2, Frisella said. Buy chances to win artwork donated by member Peg Lipin.
ArtSpider (artspider.wordpress.com) representatives will be there this year. Meet them and learn about their performing and visual arts cross-promotional online project for New Hampshire. The Currier Museum Art Center is providing kids’ art activities in Veterans Park on Saturday only. More kids’ activities are scheduled with People Fest, happening Saturday only.