Arts in the Park, sponsored by the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton.
Nearly 120 artists from Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida will be showing and selling their original creations. The show is open to the public and parking is free. One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park is celebrating 55 years of continuing to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County.
Artisans will be displaying and selling ceramics, jewelry, glass, paintings, photography, wood, mixed media, textiles and fiber art. Artwork will be judged by the prestigious talents of Irene Finck, retired, Ohio Arts Council; Columbus watercolorist Kevin Buckland; art lovers Pertain Buckland and Connie Pfeiffer; and Dee Cochran, batik artist and president of the Port Clinton Artist’s Club.
For the second year, Pat Catan’s Craft Centers is the sponsor of the Children’s Area, a fun-filled part of the festival. Watch your child’s face light up as they create functional art. Fun and engaging activities will be going on throughout the two-day art festival.
There will be a huge variety of food to savor, including kettle corn, roasted nuts, Java Sensations and the Port Clinton Lion’s Club fare of brats and burgers.
Entertainment will be ongoing throughout the weekend beginning on Saturday morning with the Lake Erie Sound barbershop quartet, featuring Jason Barton-Kashmer, Tom Evans, Paul Rothschild and Ted Williams, followed by local artist Dave Ninke and Amanda Blankenbecker. Sunday festival guests will be entertained by the local chanteuse Rosemary Schramm, Strings of Glory, featuring DaWayne and Tracie Henson, from noon until 1:30 p.m. and, from Genoa, the Packer Creek Brass Quintet will be performing from 1:30 until 3 p.m. New this year the Short Attention Theatre will be roaming doing short one-act plays. Acoustic guitarist Larry Lyons will be on hand during the weekend, and poetry readings will be done featuring the poetry of local artist and poet Virginia Zafirau.
An exciting addition to the festival this year is a raffle. Throughout the year, artist instructors have donated original works of art to the Club. Festival goers will have the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket to win an original art piece from the multi-talented Aaron Bivens, Dee Cochran, Bob Moyer, Mark Polomchak or Charles Rowland.
For information, contact event chairwoman Barbara Radebaugh at 419-341-0390, or go to portclintonartistsclub.com.