Marietta’s Art In The Park – Labor Day Weekend

chalkphotoThere is no need to travel for Labor Day fun – a full weekend of end-of-summer enjoyment can be found at the 28th annual Art in the Park festival in historic Marietta Square, Aug 30-Sept 1. A favorite with locals and visitors alike, Art in the Park welcomes more than 175 artists showing fine arts and crafts. This outdoor event has creative fun for the entire family with features like a the Children’s Art Alley sponsored by Mount Paran North, the Chalk Spot street display and a variety of dining options and walking tours.

Art in the Park takes place all three days of Labor Day weekend August 30 – September 1, 2014. Guests flock to the historic neighborhood year after year to visit the Artist Market, enjoy the Children’s Art Alley, see the famous Painted Pots and partake of historic sites and nearby dining.

The Chalk Spot, a street chalk art display for children in kindergarten through 12th grade, is scheduled for Saturday, August 30 during the festival. Participants will have the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind designs in three sq. ft. spaces.  The art will remain on display throughout the festival (weather permitting).  Registration is recommended, and a discount will be offered for those who submit the application postmarked by August 15.  All registered participants will receive a 30 count box of chalk, certificate of participation and a goodie bag.

Proceeds will benefit the Marietta High School Art Club.  Susan Pritchard, Art Club Advisor, is “very excited about the opportunity for the club members to help produce the display and is equally excited for the additional funds, which will be used for art show prizes.”  The high school’s Early Childhood Education career pathway students will also be assisting with the event.  The event is sponsored by Life University and Blick Art Supplies and co-produced by Marietta Art in the Park, Marietta High School and the High School Art Club.  The event is free to watch and free parking is available in the Cobb County parking decks located on Waddell St.

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 by Sunshine Artist Magazine and has also earned awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals & Events Association.

A myriad of art is on sale at Art in the Park on Labor Day weekend, ranging from hand blown glass, paintings, jewelry, pottery, yard arts, and even, hand carved walking sticks.  Pictured in our gallery are