Arts & Entertainment

Art in the Park Show coming to Richland's Howard Amon

An art show by any name is still an art show, correct? The Allied Arts Association's 58th annual show, known for decades as the Sidewalk Show, has a new name this year -- Art in the Park Show.

"The board decided to change the show's name to reflect the wonderful park setting where the event is held," said Katy O'Callaghan, the show's director.

"Basically that's what it's been called, unofficially anyway, by both the artists and the volunteers. So the board decided: The Allied Arts Association has been around for 60 years, it's time for a change," she said.

The name Sidewalk Show was coined when the show was held at the Uptown Shopping Center parking lot. But it hasn't been there for about 30 years, O'Callaghan said.

"It's been years since any sidewalks have been involved with the show. But trees and grass, yes," she said.

The Art in the Park Show runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 25 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 26 and is held in Richland's Howard Amon Park.

More than 250 artists and craftsmen attend, showing everything from wooden toys for children (of all ages) to handmade clothing to fine art. About a quarter of the vendors coming this year are new to the show, the director said.

"There's more high-quality jewelers and potters coming this year than in past years. One jeweler incorporates natural stones and shells in his work. The shapes are very organic," O'Callaghan said.

There also will be a variety of local bands and singers entertaining during the show and plenty of good food to snack on. The food booths are all run by Mid-Columbia nonprofit groups, making the show a fundraiser for them too, she said.

In fact, the annual show is a fundraiser for the Allied Arts Association.

About 70 percent of the budget for the upkeep of the gallery, scholarships and the cost of bringing in monthly shows is funded by the profits from the show, O'Callaghan said.

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