Art in the Park festival set for Saturday

Juliet King, with Grunge Goddess Pottery, helped Jaren Tippett, of Evans, make pottery on at the 2011 Art in the Park. The seventh annual event will be May 5 at the amphitheater behind the Columbia County Library in Evans.



The creative juices will flow Saturday as artists and appreciators gather for Art in the Park.

The seventh annual arts festival, put on by Columbia County Arts Inc., will include painters, jewelers, fiber artists and weavers creating art works live at the event.

“I think it’s fun because it inspires people,” said Cyndy Epps, the chairwoman of the event and former president of the Artists’ Guild of Columbia County.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the amphitheater and Memorial Gardens behind the Columbia County Library in Evans.

Artists demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day, and many of the artisans attending to sell their wares will be creating art in their own tents, Epps said.

Tents will be set up and filled with arts and food vendors and community organizations, Epps said. There will be lots of children’s arts and crafts activities.

“It’s a great time,” Columbia County Arts Inc. President Rob Nordan said. “Of course, all ages can enjoy it.”

The popular Sidewalk Chalk Contest is returning for the fourth year.

“It is really surprising, there’s a whole variety of different talent levels,” Epps said.

“There are some pretty amazing artists, and it’s really exciting to watch (the artwork) emerge throughout the day. … It’s very exciting to see what they come up with.”

The sidewalk chalk contest begins at 10 a.m. and judging will start at 4 p.m. the fee is $15 to enter one of the three age categories – 12 and under, 13-18, and 18 and older – and includes sidewalk space and chalk.

Epps said 10 Columbia County schools will be participating in the school portion of the contest. Schools put together teams for a chance to win $100 for their school art program.

“It’s our way of trying to help out the schools,” Epps said.

For those who’d rather appreciate the arts, Epps said live entertainment will be on the amphitheater stage all day beginning with the Columbia County Ballet’s Mayfest at 10 a.m.

Entertainment ranges from musical theater and orchestral music to Irish dancers and cloggers.

The band Awaken will perform from 4 to 4:45 p.m. with artists painting live on stage.

“It just keeps on growing every year,” Nordan said of the festival.

For more information, visit www.columbia or e-mail


WHAT: Art in the Park, presented by Columbia County Arts Inc.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Amphitheater and Memorial Gardens behind the Columbia County Library in Evans




10-11 a.m. – Amanda Bright (caricatures)

11-11:45 a.m. – Judy maxwell (weaving)

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Jane Waldrop (watercolor)

12:45-2:15 p.m. – Herman Kunis (wire jewelry)

2:15-3:45 p.m. – Laura Neff (mixed media painting)

3:45-4:15 p.m. – Judy maxwell (drop and spindle spinning)

4:15-4:45 p.m. – Margaret Wesley (collage and mixed media)


10 a.m. – Columbia County Ballet’s Mayfest

11 a.m. – Musical Theatre Workshops’ Guys and Dolls

11:30 a.m. to noon – Columbia County Orchestra ensemble

Noon to 1 p.m. – Rhythm and Class Cloggers

1-1:45 p.m. – Denise Cheeks Studio of Music singers

1:45-2:30 p.m. – Celtic Rhythm Irish dancers

2:30-3 p.m. – Columbia County Orchestra ensemble

3-3:15 p.m. – Madison Dayton singing

3:15-3:45 p.m. – Eastern Star Dance Theatre belly dancers and fire dancers

3:45-4 p.m. – intermission

4-4:45 p.m. – Awaken band accompanied by painting artists

4:45-5 p.m. – Winners of Chalk Art Contest announced