Published August 30, 2018
Labor Day Weekend in Historic Marietta Square
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 3
This fine art extravaganza features an artist market, children’s art alley, and the famous Painted Pots. Art displayed will include paintings, photography, pottery, graphic arts, sculptures, jewelry, and woodworking from 175 of the country’s finest artists. Festival guests will also have the opportunity to visit the unique shops and boutiques; restaurants, museums and galleries, take in a historic walking tour plus much more, all within walking distance of the festival.
In addition to the incredible 175 Fine Artists, the festival also features: Chalk Spot – a street chalk art display for aspiring artists young and old, where the proceeds will benefit the Marietta High School Visual Arts Club. Children’s Art Alley – a free interactive ‘make and take’ area. Food Truck Row – for those wanted to grab a bite to eat on the go. The local restaurants will offer indoor and patio style dining. There are unique shops unique shops, boutiques, museums, galleries are all within walking distance to the festival. This year, Art in the Park was named one of the Top 100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine, entering the prestigious ranking at #79. With an expected attendance of 48,000 visitors, Art in the Park offers three days of creative fun and free festival admission!
Art in the Park is Cobb County’s only annual fine art show and offers visitors a fun way to meet and talk with artists and even see works in progress. In the spacious Artist Market, attendees are delighted by the range of artists who offer a high level of fine art in media including jewelry made from fine metals and precious stones; ceramics; paintings in watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel; woodworking; glass; photography; textiles and much more.
ONE PIECE PROJECT
For the second year, Art in the Park is pleased to present the One Piece Project. At this year’s festival, each participating artist will select one work of art – marked with a One Piece Project purple ribbon – for which he or she will donate 10 percent of the sale price to the festival. Art in the Park will then distribute the proceeds to selected beneficiaries, this year including the “Inspired by the heArt” exhibition. The “Inspired by the heArt” show is an event that began in 2013 and allows Cobb County students with mild to severe intellectual disabilities to create, celebrate and display their artistic skills. Last year, more than 200 students participated in the event from which no one is turned away.
CHALK SPOT and KID ART AREA
The Chalk Spot street art display benefits the Marietta High School Visual Art Department. Chalk Spot participation is $15 per person and includes a goodie bag. And Kid-sized fun doesn’t end with chalk art. Art in the Park also includes the Children’s Art Alley, a free interactive “make and take” area.
Attendees can enjoy listening to music and can purchase CDs at various music spots set up throughout the festival site. Pictured here is Eirinn Abu with his soulful music he plays on his Soprano Sax. Magic.
In addition to local restaurants along the Square offering indoor and outdoor seating, Art in the Park presents Food Truck Row, featuring a variety of offerings from today’s popular mobile restaurants.
Art In the Park takes place Saturday, September 1 – Monday, September 3, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, includes Children’s Art Alley. Chalk Spot Art Display – Saturday, September 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art will remain on display through the festival (weather permitting). In Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square. Free Festival Admission
PARKING – Free on-street parking is available around Marietta Square. Additional parking is available in the decks located at Waddell and Lawrence streets.
Since 2007, Art in the Park has been honored as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, ranked in the Top 100 in the nation in the Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows and is now in the Top 100 of Best Fine Art & Design Shows, according to Sunshine Artist Magazine. Art in the Park has earned awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals & Events Association. Festival Map & More Information: http://www.artparkmarietta.com/