BELFAST - Pretty soon, white pop-up display tents will begin dotting Belfast's waterfront park downtown in anticipation of the yearly juried art fest, Arts In The Park, July 13-14. Amid two full days of non-stop music and varied food offerings, 85 fine artists and artisans will be on hand to talk about and sell their original work.
What kind of art can you expect to see? The quality and variety will be vast, featuring traditional and contemporary art, photography, sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, fiber art, paper products, large scale pieces and much more.
Following is a sampling of a cross-section of the many dozens of distinct artists who will have booths at the event:
With a background in photography, Anna Low of Purple Bean Bindery is a book artist who creates each unique product by hand, whether it's an accordian-fold blank book, or her signature "Bitty books" for people intimidated by big, blank pages. See the Penobscot Bay Pilot story on Anna, What to do with a blank book.
Chong Lim and his wife, Judi, work together to preserve centuries-old traditions of metal plate engraving and paper embossing, with Chong designing each piece and Judi doing the presswork (the actual embossing and coloring). She also makes some of the paper they use and marbles other papers as well. See our Penobscot Bay Pilot story on Chong and Judi, Island Designs.
Mark Guido combs the woods and beaches of Maine for his materials. This inspired him to create his line of stone products and rustic furniture. Mark's work is made from those found materials, including stones, twigs and burls, which he has gathered from the forests and approved beach sites along the coast. See our Penobscot Bay Pilot story on Mark, Natural Stone Products and Rustic Twig Furniture.
The weekend is shaping up to be a gorgeous one, weather-wise. Five bands will be playing, providing coverage all weekend long, including Belfast Bay Fiddlers, Bad Daddys Band, Maximum Blue, Captain Obvious and perennial favorite, the Blue Hill Brass, which has played Arts In The Park for more than 10 years. A wide array of food will be available from various vendors such as The Good Kettle (coffee and baked goods), IFF-Inerfaith Fuel Fund (strawberry shortcake), The Uproot Pie Co. (wood-fired pizza,) The Game Loft (burgers and more), Ye Olde English Fish & Chips (fish & chips, lobster rolls, etc.), Stone Fox Farm Creamery (ice cream), and Ma’s Shaved Ice.