Richland's Art in the Park to feature Northwest talent

Loretto J. Hulse, Tri-City HeraldJuly 24, 2013 

Almost 180 artists from throughout the Northwest will be displaying their paintings, art glass, beaded jewelry, tie-dyed clothing and other arts and crafts during the 63rd annual Art in the Park show in Richland.

The show, sponsored by the Allied Arts Association, opens at 9 a.m. July 26 at Richland's Howard Amon Park.

"Some of the artists are returning favorites, like the woman from Oregon with her kites and Lisa Hill from West Richland who does beautiful watercolors. But there's always a small percentage of new artists and craftsmen," said show director Susan Swanson.

Some must-sees, she said, include fractal geometric photographs by Dennis Brady of Sandpoint, Idaho, beaded wearables by Camas artist Toni McCarthy and the fused glass created by Jack Collins of Richland.

"And those are just the ones I can come up with off the top of my noggin," Swanson said.

Free programs with a map showing the locations of the vendors will be available at the show information booth on Lee Boulevard across from the public restrooms.

Admission to the show is free. The show is open until 8 p.m. July 26 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 27.

There will be a variety of entertainment on both days, including music, theater, dancers and martial arts demonstrations.

Several food and beverage vendors will be scattered throughout the show grounds with the majority -- including vendors selling alder-smoked salmon sandwiches, fajitas and deep-fried catfish and hush puppies -- grouped at the fingernail stage end of the park.

Proceeds from the show supports the Allied Arts Gallery, which has monthly exhibits, a gift shop and art classes for adults and children.

Swanson reminds attendees that public parking near the park is limited and businesses don't appreciate it when people use their lots, taking space away from paying customers.

The best solution, she said, is to ride the Ben Franklin Transit shuttles.

They'll be circling continuously between Richland High's Fran Rish Stadium on Lee Boulevard, Carmichael Middle School, 620 Thayer Drive, and the drop off/pick up point at the Richland Community Center in Howard Amon Park.

Cost to ride the shuttle is $1.50 per person one way, or $4 for a family up to 5. Cost is 75 cents for seniors and disabled persons who already have a Ben Franklin Transit reduced fare identification card.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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