Arts & Entertainment

Art in the Park relief from big Follies crowds

Whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind beaded necklace, an original watercolor painting or a whimsical sculpture for the garden, the place to find it will be the Art in the Park Show July 24-25.

The show -- The Allied Arts Association's 59th annual event -- will be held under the shade trees in Howard Amon Park on Lee Boulevard in Richland. Admission is free.

More than 200 artists this year are coming from all over the country.

"Many favorite artists are returning but there's probably 20 to 25 who are new to the show," said show director Jennifer Hickman.

The show features a variety of arts and crafts ranging from tie-dyed clothing to windsocks, metal sculpture to handbeaded jewelry, scented lotions to perfumed candles.

A handful of artists will be demonstrating their arts and crafts during the show so be sure to stop, watch and ask questions.

The Art in the Park Show runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 24 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 25.

The juried art show is a fundraiser for The Allied Arts Association.

Parking near and at the show site is limited. Your best option is to catch one of the Ben-Franklin Transit shuttle buses. The buses are handicapped accessible and run every few minutes from the parking lots at Fran Rish Stadium at Richland High School to Carmichael Middle School in Richland to the Richland Community Center. Cost is $1.25 each way, per person, or $3.50 each way, for a family of three or more. Children 5 and under ride free.