After five years, Cathy Digel is stepping down from running Art in the Park.
Predictions of sunny weather for this weekend have both the coordinators and vendors of this summer’s first Art in the Park excited and hopeful that rain and gray skies will not damper the popular event.
VACI Partners and the artists included in the Art in the Park sale are doing an anti-rain dance this year. And this is not just because of how rainy the past two weeks have been; rather, during last year’s art sale, it rained so hard even the fused glass under Wendy Cohen’s tent got wet and Sean Huntington lost one of his watercolor paintings.
The forecast for Sunday is a little overcast, but that won’t stop the artists at “Art in the Park” from bringing some sunshine to Miller Park. Last month’s show was likewise threatened with rain before the vendors and buyers drove the clouds away with their enthusiasm and art.
This Sunday’s show, from 12 to 4:30 p.m., sees many of the same vendors from last time, some of whom have been selling at the show for years and some of whom are newcomers, including students from the School of Art.
Among the old hands are painter Sean Huntington and Hope Alcorn, who will show her jewelry. Huntington came to “Art in the Park” for the first time in 2006, an experience that helped to change the course of his life.
Kathy Diegel and Kenny Koblitz are crossing their fingers that it doesn’t rain this weekend. From 12–4:30 p.m. Sunday in Miller Park, the VACI Partners’ Art in the Park will happen, according to the event’s co-chairs, rain or shine.
For those who loved the Chautauqua Crafts Alliance Festival and are looking for more art and crafts, Art in the Park provides just that, though in an atmosphere a touch less formal.
“I like to think of it as a democratic art show,” Diegel said, “because anybody who wants to participate can. A lot of the artists are from this region, and many of them are repeats.”
If you missed Week Four’s Art in the Park, don’t worry — it’s happening again on Sunday.
From noon to 4:30 p.m., Miller Park will be filled with artwork from local artists. Artists from Jamestown, Buffalo, Dunkirk and surrounding New York areas have purchased tables on which they will display and sell their work.