2017 Art in the Park Festival Information
Art. In a Park. The first weekend in June. Awesome!
Someone said: I thought it was all paintings. No, we cried, it is paintings and much, more more. Need a new coffee mug, you'll find it. Gorgeous scarf required? Check. Space in your yard begging for a stylish sculpture? We have it. Fabulous frock needing fabulous necklace? Choices galore. Wall behind your sofa needs a colorful painting? Go home with three. Gifts needed? Oh, you lucky, lucky shopper.
After you've shopped 'til you've almost dropped, grab a cool lemonade or some ice cream and be awed by a magician or a juggling stilt walker.
Got kids? We got stuff to keep them amused: making art at the Kid's Art Spot, buying something for their own collection at the Young Collector's Tent, designing a tie-dye t-shirt, having their faces painted.
And, as if that wasn't enough, entrance to the festival is free. Think of it as a gift from the Columbia Art League to you. How can you thank us, you ask? Easy. Buy art!
Free parking at the Boone Hospital Center. Free shuttle provided by Parks & Recreation and run from the Boone Hospital parking lot to the park entrance throughout the festival.
Please do NOT park across Broadway in front of Clovers as that space is reserved for their customers.
+ FESTIVAL MAP:
Click Here to download a PDF color copy of the festival map.
Rain or Shine - Don't stay home! We'll be at the park and we've got artists braving the conditions to drive here from all over the United States because we have such an awesome show in Columbia.
To see a full list of all the artists exhibiting in the Artist Village, click here.
+ PAYING FOR ART
Most artists can take credit card payments, but it's always a good idea to bring some cash and a check or two.
+ ARTIST AWARDS
Our award judges this year are jeweler Roger Rimel, painter Nicole Dutton, and fiber artist, Luanne Rimel. All three jurors are artists and experienced judges. The winning artists will all receive original Rebecca Douglas award ribbons to hang in their booth. Our Best in Show awards this year are sponsored by our wonderful friends over at Commerce Bank.
We’re delighted to welcome back the StoneLion Puppet Theatre from Kansas City, who will be doing three stage shows each day in the big children’s art tent. From Columbia we have the CoMo aerialists performing their silk dancing on both Saturday and Sunday – so look out for their huge metal frame. Bringing the magic to the festival this year is Steve Ferris – formerly of Columbia but now living in Milwaukee, who will do two roving shows each day. Creating balloon animals as well as juggling and doing some magic will be Jason Hollandsworth from Ashland, and in from Jefferson City on Sunday will be magician Gerry Tritz. We’ve also got Columbia’s own escapologist, Mario Manzini, who will do a magic show on both Saturday and Sunday.
There’s music too. Listen out for the beautiful voices of Columbia’s own Boone County Hams who will serenade festival goers each morning and afternoon, plus live bands on the Woodcrest Acoustic stage.
And we’re thrilled this year to have Greenhouse Theatre Productions with us for some pop-up performances on both Saturday and Sunday.
We’ll have the full line-up and times on the festival’s entertainment page as we get closer to the weekend.
We've got a great selection of festival food – Jamaican Jerk Hut with their Caribbean spiced chicken and meats; Lily’s Cantina with a menu of tacos and Mexican-inspired cuisine; D Dee’s Kettlecorn; Smokin Chicks’ barbeque; gyros and falafels from Jerusalem Café; Missouri Legacy Beef burgers and dogs; The Big Cheez hotdogs; flavored ice from Kona-Ice; and for people needing caffeine, hot and iced coffee from coffee experts, Fretboard Coffee.
+ FOR KIDS
No chance for the kids to get bored! Stop by the Kid's Art Tent kindly supported by the Downtown Optimists and the Boone Electric Community Trust where they can take part in a variety of art-making projects and watch the StoneLion puppet theatre shows.
At the Stephens College Young Collectors Tent, kids aged 5-14 can start their own art collections. We'll have a tent full of small, hand-made artworks created and donated by the Art in the Park exhibiting artists and also Columbia Art League artists. Entrance costs $5 and includes the work of art chosen by the young collector. The Young Collectors Tent is a children-only tent so parents should meet their child at the exit.
Stop by the Bond Life Sciences Center Artful Science tent, where you’ll find lots of fiendishly clever Mizzou scientists engaged in hands-on noisy and fun experiments.
Tie-dye a Tee - have fun creating your own unique Art in the Park t-shirt at the tie-dye tent, next to the Kid's Art Spot. Tie-dye tee's cost $10.
+ OTHER THINGS TO DO
Visit the Emerging Artist Pavilion, kindly sponsored by Commerce Bank. Here you'll see artwork created by the next generation of young artists, all high school students at Boone County schools.
Check out our new Art Installations – three amazing art works created especially for the festival and only visible for one weekend!! There’s Tom Stauder’s 30' ziggurat tower called ‘The Art Festival’; Leland Drexler Russel’s 12’ animatronic, solar-powered flower sculpture; Butch Corva’s life-sized grazing metal horses; Dan Goldstein’s elephant and giraffe interactive poetry boards; and, back by popular demand from last year’s festival, Norleen Nosri’s giant interactive gameboard ‘Let’s Play it Together’. Our thanks go to Joe Machens Ford Lincoln, Coil Construction and the Missouri Arts Council for helping us make the Art Installations a reality.
Check out the Access Arts creation space near the Gordon Pavilion and get a quick lesson in weaving or pottery turning.
Have your caricature painted by one of our two caricature artists, Jim Dyke or Dorinda Hoke.
Visit Ines Hernandez and get your face-painted, or get a henna tattoo from Jessica Safranski or Sue Giger.
+ CAN I VOLUNTEER?
Yes please! Click here to be taken to our volunteer sign-up page.
+ CAN I BRING MY DOG?
We'd rather you didn't, not because we don't love dogs but because crowds of people can be intimidating and stressful for them. Remember, we have lots of small children ambling round, too, and stressed dogs and small children are not a great combination. We're definitely leaving our beloved pooches at home. The one rule is NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES. They have caused some serious problems in the past. Please keep your dogs close to you and you’ll be less likely to have to pay for breakages.
+ PEOPLE WE LOVE
Art in the Park is indebted to so many people in the community: our 200+ fabulous volunteers, the Columbia Police Department, the CERT team who are on hand all weekend, graphic designers Kevin Gamble, Michelle Marcum, Crystal Rosemann and Holly Stitt who created all our fabulous marketing materials, Parks & Recreation who let us use their beautiful park for the weekend AND our generous sponsors –
ABC 17, Achieve Balance Chiropractic, Bond Life Sciences Center, Boone Electric Community Trust, Boone Olive Oil Co., Byler Media, Central Bank of Boone County, Central Investment Advisors, City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Columbia Parks & Recreation, Coil Construction, Columbia Board of Realtors, Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Daily Tribune, Commerce Bank, Compass Flower Press, Downtown Optimists, Fretboard Coffee, House of Brokers, Huebert Builders, Ingredient Restaurant, Joe Machens Ford Lincoln, KBIA Radio, KPLA/KFRU Radio, MFA Oil, Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Cotton Exchange, Missouri Life Magazine, Morgan Restaurants, The Plaza Event Center at Parkade Center, Sager I Braudis Gallery, Stephens College, The District, True Line Title Insurance, Treats Unleashed, Wilson’s Garden Center, Woodcrest.
+ LOVE THE DESIGN?
You can download the poster design, right here.
+ ANYTHING UNANSWERED?
Give us a call on 573-443-8838.