Arts in the Park returns

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Local artists, musicians and craftsmen to showcase their talents for the community

By John Whitlock

Budding and established artists, craftsmen and musicians will showcase their talents this Saturday at the annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park at the Owen County Park and Fairgrounds.
The event features student art along with demonstrations of different forms of arts and crafts along with music and food.
Owen County Arts Council event organizer Patty Petzinger said the group is excited by this year’s event.
“Everything is growing. We’ve reached out and there is a lot of excitement about it,” Petzinger said. “It takes awhile for something like this to grow but that’s what you want.”
Barbara Duvall, one of the event organizers with the Owen County Arts Council, said the group is pleased with this year’s event and the variety of exhibits.
“We are really tickled with all the different types of art we will have on display,” Duvall said. “There is quite a lot and I think people will really enjoy seeing what will be on display.”
Some of the exhibits will feature photography, jewelry making, basket making, textiles, metal yard art, painting, homemade soap, homemade knives and other metal works, Duvall said.
“There will be plenty of entertainment to go around,” Duvall said. “(Owen County music teacher) Berna Tanksley will have some of her students performing.”
The musical schedule includes: The Owen County Elementary School Choir, 11:30 a.m.; the Downtown County Band, noon; Brittnay Gillstrap, 1 p.m.; John Harrod and his fiddle students, 2 p.m.; Katie Joe Rohling and Ellie Grace Dales, 2:30 p.m.; Mandy Holbert, 3 p.m.; and Cecil Jackson and Dry Ridge, 4 p.m.
The Star Guitars will be playing around the park throughout the day.
Because Arts in the Park falls this year one day before Mothers Day, the event will also feature projects that can be made by children to give as gifts.
Petzinger said she is excited at this addition.
“We will set up tables for kids to make Mothers Day presents,” Petzinger said. “There will be all sorts of projects, little cards the kids can write or paint on. They can also make paperweights. It should be fun.”
So far, there are 32 vendors scheduled to take part, Petzinger said.
“There will be a lot more artists and vendors than last year,” Petzinger said.
There will also be more good food for sale.
Petzinger said some of the new additions will be Eddie Arnold offering fresh kettle corn, fresh squeezed lemonade and cotton candy. Veronica Gayle and her sister Connie will be offering special food as well.
“We are excited to be part of the Arts in the Park,” Gayle said. “This will be our first time as a food vendor. We will offer a variety not commonly found at outdoor festivals. Panini sandwiches (turkey, ham, and veggie), baked sweet potatoes, baked potatoes and assorted desserts.”
The events will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue until 5 p.m. and will go on rain or shine.