Free Art in the Park festival invites people to show, admire and create art

August 30, 2012|By CHRIS COPLEY |

Making art is rarely a straight-line, orderly process. It's often messy, with false starts, erasures or revisions. Sometimes an artist starts with one idea, but changes to another as inspiration leads.

But when a project is completed, it's often a joy to experience.

That applies to Art in the Park, the annual family-oriented art festival, which will be from noon to dusk Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, at Doub's Woods Park in Hagerstown.

The event is organized by Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. of Hagerstown. The festival will have vendors showing their art, art projects to make and performers on Doub's Woods' arts pavilion stage.

CSAGI director Ron Lytle said he's invited a DJ, singers and dancers, but he wasn't sure exactly who would perform or show their art at this year's festival.

"We invited a whole lotta people," Lytle said, "but we're not sure who will be there."

But there will be art to make. A few days before the festival, Lytle stood by a large assortment of art supplies, all bound for Art in the Park. The supplies included second-hand chairs, which Lytle said will serve as canvases for festival-goers.

"That's what we do — take other people's trash and recycle it into art," he said. "As opposed to it going to the dump."

Admission to Art in the Park is free, thanks to support from the City of Hagerstown and several area businesses, Lytle said. Free admission is important, he added, because it makes art available to the local community.

"That's a part of our mission here," he said. "Art should be a gateway to education. It should be an ongoing thing — making art, being aware of art. It opens up your mind."

If you go
WHAT: Ninth annual Art in the Park

WHEN: Noon to dusk Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2

WHERE: Doub's Woods Park, off Maryland Avenue, Hagerstown

COST: Free

CONTACT: Call Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery at 301-791-6191 or go to

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