Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, 2024
University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Blvd, University Park, FL
Just before the turn of the century, University Park was one of the first new, prestigious developments sprouting up among the forests and agricultural fields along University Parkway. A few of the new residents realized their common interest in the visual arts. Ellen Kaiden, then an emerging artist and now a renowned watercolorist, convinced the acclaimed sculptor, Marci Weisgold and a then budding, now well established fine arts photographer, Judy Kramer to help organize an art show. The University Park Country Club was happy to support a show as a way to invite the public to see how the Park was unfolding as a community and to celebrate the unusual concentration of artistic talent in one neighborhood. The founding women solicited local corporate support and made overtures to other residents, including those who enjoyed art as hobbyists. Through the years, Art in the Park has fostered community pride, many lasting friendships and many novices who have gone on to become serious artists.
As well, Art in the Park has become a stellar, if less known, event in the Sarasota and Bradenton arts scene. The show has grown to include 40 plus artists; the range and quality of work is truly impressive.
All visitors are invited to vote in the much coveted People’s Choice award. Three local professional jurors, with expertise ranging from painting to photography, judge the event for cash prizes. Many artists also offer prints and cards of their fine art for sale.