It only happens once a year but Art in the Park
is one of those events that really packs a creative punch. Put on by the Elko County Art Club this two-day attraction is so much fun you won’t want to miss it. The event is Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We are expecting approximately 95 vendors this year,” said coordinator Frank Henley. “There will be lots of handmade jewelry, wind chimes, metal art, stained glass, painters, potters, photographers and needlework artists.”
One special new vendor is Native American weaver Enrique Delosangeles. He is going to bring his loom and make rugs on site. He will also be selling his wares.
People can stroll around City Park browsing through all of the booths searching for that special handmade item. The way they have always set it up reminds me of a Middle Eastern souk which adds to the ambiance of the shopping scene. Everything is under the trees and most artists have covered spaces for the visitors to get out of the sun.
Saturday at noon several artists will be participating in the Quick Draw. They have exactly one hour to finish a piece and then the final projects go up for silent auction until Sunday at 3 p.m. Talk about being under pressure to create!
There will be a jar raffle for the public. Art vendors are donating items and the anyone can purchase tickets. The money earned goes back into the Art Club’s scholarship program which awards educational funding to several young people each year in the northeastern Nevada communities. They are also trying to locate an affordable gallery space and this will help fund their interests.
There is just so much to see and do during the art gathering. I never get tired of talking to all of the interesting individuals who come to show their wares. They inspire me with something new each year.
Best of all, when your arms are full with bags of handmade treasures, you can take a seat over in the food court area and grab a snack at Kettle Korn, Tony’s Tacos or Road Hog BBQ. If the little ones are tagging along they will have good time bouncing around with UB Jumpin’, riding Don’s Mini Train or having their faces painted by an artist.
“Art in the Park is the largest venue locally for artists to display and share their passion, knowledge and talent with others,” said Henley. “It’s two days of family fun and a great place for shoppers to buy original items.”
The Art Club is very integrated into the community. They give back 100 fold by teaching, giving public demonstrations and supporting the area’s creative youth.
Come out and support this crafty crowd.