Art in the Park coming to New Richmond

September 11th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

Two creative events are slated for New Richmond’s Hausserman Park in September and October. In years past, local artists were invited to the park to display their work and show some of their techniques. This year, families are invited to come to the park to create their own art and take part in a community creative experience.

“We all have a creative bone or two, even if we have our doubts,” said organizer Adrian Vance Hawk. “Come and enjoy a morning of pure creative experience by participating in the Village of New Richmond’s Art in the Park event. Each of two Saturdays, art lessons will include group instruction on techniques and will allow you, your family and friends time to enjoy some creative moments together.”

The first event is scheduled 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 and will feature creative community weaving.

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"We started the Art in the Park event three years ago," said organizer Diane Mott. "Before, people watched the artists, now we are taking it to the next step. We are more focused on getting people involved in creating the art themselves."

Participants are invited to create individual weavings using a variety of natural materials, ribbons, fabric strips and other found objects. Artists will also be asked to add their own creative touch to a large community weaving structure that will be displayed at the Front Street Gallery.

"Everyone is invited to bring your own natural materials, ribbons, yarn, fabric, beans or whatever," said Hawk. "I will have some work already in progress and ready to finish. We'll have plenty of tables and chairs and will provide many of the needed materials. We have a large oriental-type screen with a four panel grid which we will be weaving into a community collaborative. This is expected to be a work in progress and other materials may be added to it later. It will be on display at the Front Street Gallery when we are finished with it."

Participants will learn the history of weaving and will get to experiment with many different types of materials to create their own weavings to take home.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 - 11 a.m. everyone is invited back to the park on Front Street for an opportunity to use recyclable materials in a creative way.

"Some examples will be shown on how to create recycled sketchbooks and journals, as well as sculptures and functional vessels," Hawk said. "Artists are invited to bring their own recycled materials such as old paper, plastics, metal, string, bottle caps, old wrapping paper, cardboard, scrap fabrics and other found objects."

Stations will be set up during the Art in the Park sessions and organizers say that extra volunteer hands would be welcome during the event.

Hawk is the visual arts specialist at Monroe Elementary School and an art education graduate of the College of Mt. St. Joseph. Mott is the owner of Frames of Mind located on Front Street in New Richmond.

"We just want people to come down to the river and have a great time in the park," said Mott. "In previous years we had more than 500 people in attendance and we expect even more this year because the event is family friendly."

Hawk also noted that businesses along Front Street will be open for business and many will be serving lunch as the event concludes. In the event of rain, Art in the Park will be held in the Front Street Gallery.

For more information, contact Adrian Vance Hawk at (513) 752-7694 or Diane Mott at (513) 553-4414.
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