Art lovers head to park

Hundreds of people showed their appreciation for the arts Saturday behind the Columbia County Library in Evans.


Despite dark clouds, crowds flocked to the amphitheater to watch a special performance by the Columbia County Ballet as part of the sixth annual Art in the Park festival.

"It's all about the art," said event organizer Cyndy Epps, the secretary of Columbia County Arts and president of the Columbia County Artists Guild. "It's really to expose the community to the different types of art that are right here in their own backyard."

Nearly 40 tents were set up in the park, where guests could browse pottery, paintings, jewelry and artworks. There were also arts and crafts activities for children.

Lilly Wilkinson, 4, of Evans, proudly showed off a white and blue unicorn painted on her arm by a vendor.

Her mother, Kathlene Wilkinson, said the pair came to watch the ballet because Lilly takes a class at the Martinez dance studio. They decided to stay and check out the rest of the festival.

"It's a lot of fun," Wilkinson said. "We're definitely going to do it again."

Another popular feature of the event was a sidewalk chalk contest that started in the morning. Artists of all ages feverishly drew scenes and imagery.

Evans High School seniors Emily Buck and Harmony Morkve were busy creating flowers on their sidewalk space. They were awaiting help from friends to finish their drawing of a bonsai tree.

Both girls are members of Evans High's National Art Honor Society. The winning school's art department received a $100 prize.

"We're supporting our club, and we just thought it would be a fun experience," Morkve said.