If you missed the Penrod Arts Fair at the Indianapolis Museum of Art last weekend (or even if you stayed all day), the Fishers Arts Council is offering another chance to take in some local art and culture. Starting at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 19, the Fishers Town Center will be full of art, crafts, food and entertainment at the 4th Annual Art in the Park.
There will be more than 50 artists on hand with works ranging from jewelry and pottery to oil and pastel painting and other one-of-a-kind pieces. The Russian Ballet Academy will perform on the entertainment stage. So will four different local bands as well as student dancers and vocalists from the G. Scotten Talent Center.
Art in the Park also has something no other local art festival has – a Farmer’s Market. The Fishers Chamber of Commerce’s Farmer’s Market will be open until noon, so you can buy a fresh meal, browse fresh artwork and enjoy the fresh air while your kids create artworks of their own at the Kids’Art Area. If you like your food pre-packaged, there will be several food vendors on site too, including Handels Ice Cream, Zecks North Carolina BBQ, Yats, McAlister’s Deli and Moe’s Southwest Grill.
I am new to the board of the Fishers Arts Council and since this is my first year participating, I asked one of last year’s art vendors for her opinion of the event. Here is what she had to say.
“Art in the Park has such a fun and festive atmosphere. I look forward to it every summer,” said Judy Mintze, who creates abstract and mixed media paintings. “This year I plan to sell a combination of originals and art prints. I think it makes the art affordable for everyone given today’s economy. I’m also in the process of fusing my art with fashion, and will have T-shirts, sweat suits, tank tops, jackets, infant/toddlers and accessories.”
There you have it. Not only can you find a little bit of every kind of art at Art in the Park, you may be able to find it all in ONE booth. Penrod may be Indiana’s Nicest Day, but I think this one is going to be pretty nice too.