Art in the Park celebrates 27 years Labor Day weekend
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About 40,000 people are expected to flock to downtown Marietta this Labor Day weekend for the 27th annual Art in the Park festival. The event will be on the Historic Marietta Square Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. People walk by Bonnie Blue's ‘Women Rock’ art car that was one of 18 art cars at the ArtcarPalooza, which was part of the 26th Annual Art in the Park in 2012. <br>Staff/file
About 40,000 people are expected to flock to downtown Marietta this Labor Day weekend for the 27th annual Art in the Park festival. The event will be on the Historic Marietta Square Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. People walk by Bonnie Blue's ‘Women Rock’ art car that was one of 18 art cars at the ArtcarPalooza, which was part of the 26th Annual Art in the Park in 2012.
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MARIETTA — About 40,000 people are expected to flock to downtown Marietta this Labor Day weekend for the 27th annual Art in the Park festival.

The event will be on the Historic Marietta Square on Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It will include 175 artists from all over the United States, about 10 more than last year, who will showcase an array of artwork including jewelry, glass pieces, paintings and sculptures and photographs.

“We continue to raise the bar as far as the art is concerned,” said Event Coordinator Carolyn Morris. “It’s outstanding quality and I love the artists that come up. They are very eager to share their inspiration and obviously, they want to sell their work, so that others can enjoy it as well.”

Since 2007, Art in the Park has been honored as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.

The festival is ranked 81st in the nation in the Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine and has also earned awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals & Events Association.

Morris also described it as a free family event that also includes a kid’s area where children of all ages can create finger puppets, music shakers, a 3D cityscape of Marietta and sand art as well as play in the bounce houses. It will be located next to The Strand.

“The children’s area is to die for,” Morris continued. “It’s just fabulous.”

For more information about the festival, visit artparkmarietta.com.

ChalkFest continues

Marietta ChalkFest, which was introduced last year during Art in the Park, will continue to be another creative feature of the festival.

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, located off Atlanta Road just south of the Marietta Square, will showcase 20 professional chalk artists from Florida, Georgia, California and Maryland. Last year they only had two artists sketching.

Artists will be preparing their pieces Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will be on display all day Monday.

Sally Macaulay, the museum’s executive director, said three-fourths of the artists will be depicting pieces that relate to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, including one 3D piece of a rebel soldier coming out on horseback waving an American flag.

“The work is just so good,” she said.

They will be selling water, soft drinks and T-shirts at the museum tent, and two of their sponsors, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and LGE Community Credit Union will be selling beer and wine on the steps of the museum.

Macaulay said Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., non-professional, students and children are invited to participate in a chalk art contest and prizes up to $300 will be awarded. This competition will be on Anderson Street, which runs parallel to the museum.

The museum will be open and free to the public during the festival. For more information, visit mariettacobbartmuseum.org.

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