Art in the Park draws variety of artists, musicians
Art is in the eye of the beholder, and Orange’s Art in the Park should have enough variety to draw any eye.
The annual free event in Stark Park on Green Avenue will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Art in the Park is sponsored by the City of Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau and has been switched from October to March.
Blues and jazz pianist-singer Marcia Ball, along with her band, will close the event with a free concert beginning about 4 p.m. The stage will be set up on the vacant lot behind City Hall and people attending should bring lawn chairs, said Darline Zavada, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Other music during the day will be Dixieland jazz by Jimbo’s Dixie Review, Boone’s Jazz Quartet, and Wayana Inka, a Peruvian flute-guitar band that mixes traditional folk music with pop songs.
Local artist Delle Bates will be displaying some of his more recent paintings, interpretations of plants and nature. He recently returned from New York City where two of his paintings were displayed in a Chelsea art gallery. Prints of his paintings, along with some originals, will be available.
A variety of artists will have works in oils, acrylics and water colors. Sculptors, basket-makers, writers and stained-glass makers will also be at the event. Other people with booths and tables will include jewelry makers, candle makers, a designer of children’s clothes, a man who makes items from horseshoes and horseshoe nails, plus a display of bonsai trees.
Arts and crafts for children will also be available.
Nine different food vendors will be at Art in the Park, selling oriental kabobs, sausage on a stick, barbecue, boudain, hot dogs, hamburgers, hot links, turkey sauce piquant and ice cream. A church will be selling homemade baked goods.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Orange Branch is setting up its annual used book sale to coincide with Art in the Park. The books will be set up on tables under the portico at the Lutcher Theater. Thousands of hardbacks and paperbacks of all genres will be on sale for bargain prices. Money from the sale supports AAUW’s local scholarship fund.
Also, the historic Stark House will give limited, first-floor-only tours of the nineteenth century mansion at a reduced price of $2 per person.
Free buses will run on Green Avenue to take visitors to Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, which charges an admission fee.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau will also sponsor its Texas Cajun Heritage Festival on March 17, plus the Showdown on the Sabine boat races on Sept. 20-21.