Art in the Park concludes a fabulous 56th season

The "First Saturdays" festival Art in the Park drew a great crowd on on March 2, 2013. Representing about 70 Naples Art Association Member Artists throughout the course of the season, this event closes out its 56th season on Apr. 6, 2013

The “First Saturdays” festival Art in the Park drew a great crowd on on March 2, 2013. Representing more than 70 Naples Art Association Member Artists throughout the course of the season, this event closes out its 56th season on Apr. 6, 2013

Art in the Park, showcasing handmade, original art by Naples Art Association member artists, takes place on the first Saturdays of the month between November and April each year.  If you haven’t explored downtown Naples for Art in the Park this season, there’s still one more chance! Artists will be showing and selling their work on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission and activities all along Park Street and inside the von Liebig Art Center — just one block south of Fifth Ave. S.

April’s Art in the Park wraps up the show’s 56th season. It has been an exciting year, featuring more than 70 artists. Executive Director Aimee Schlehr says this show is a special benefit for the Naples Art Association’s members. “Art in the Park gives those member artists an opportunity to showcase their one-of-a-kind artwork, and the community gets the chance to engage with artists that live in their community,” Schlehr said.

First Saturdays also features make-and-take art projects for children of all ages for free. Instructor Kim Walbert leads the fun!

First Saturdays also features make-and-take art projects for children of all ages for free. Instructor Kim Walbert leads the fun!

This show has a lot of history in the community, but it shows no sign of slowing down. Over the past year, the organization’s noticed more artists applying than in recent past.  Schlehr says Art in the Park is made up of artists who are emerging and exploring more career opportunities, including young people on the rise as well as artists taking on new challenges in their retirement years.  “It’s great for showing and selling art as well as for professional development for the artists! As an organization with a strong educational and creative mission, these are just a couple of reasons we love Art in the Park.”

Families travelling to Art in the Park this year have had extra fun. Art instructor Kim Walbert has provided make-and-take art projects for children of all ages. This year, she’s shared creative ideas including monoprints, ornament design and more. On Saturday, join in the make-and-take action on the front deck of the von Liebig Art Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here and put Art in the Park on your calendar for April 6, 2013.

View the slideshow below for a look back at Art in the Park’s 56th season from November 2012 through March 2013

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