Thursday, April 8th through Sunday, April 11th 2021
March 7-8, 2020, the annual Art in the Park is celebrating its 20th year of presenting an impressive array of visual arts for exhibit and sale under the signature teal and white canopy at University Park Country Club. The public is welcome to the show, rain or shine, cold or warm. As well, the public is invited to enjoy brunch or lunch at the Club. Admission and parking is free.
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 hobbyist. Through the years, Art in the Park has fostered a 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 artists; the range and quality of work is truly impressive. Witness the winners of 2019: Best in Show was Susan Tobin’s magnificent water color, “Puerto Rico Beach Sunset.” First Place AND the resounding People;s Choice “Morning Chat” by Marjorie Sayer. Second Place was Joe Wetzel’s exquisite photograph, “Chicago Sunrise.” And, Third Place was “Hanging Low,” a wonderful oil by Baerbel Kavanaugh.
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, will judge the event for cash prizes. Many artists also offer prints and cards of their fine art.