It’s back … Art in the Park to Enliven Elm Park Again

It’s back … Art in the Park to Enliven Elm Park Again

This summer sees the return of the now biennial Art in the Park, a celebration that turns Worcester’s Elm Park into a sculpture park for three months. Anna Stothart, curatorial associate at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, large-scale Boston sculptor Murray Dewart, and John Ventimiglia, Professor Emeritus of sculpture and drawing at Maine College have selected eighteen artists from Maine to Colorado and preparations are underway for the installation of over twenty artworks. The opening festivities will take place on July 27 (July 28 rain date) 3:00 – 5:00 PM and the show will be on view through October 13.

Professor Ventimiglia described the selection process: “Our thought was to find works that represented a broad range of sculpture voices as available including objects, groupings of related objects, installation work, and site-specific work. These also included a formal range of subjects including, the figure, abstraction and non-objective works. We also considered a variety of materials including wood, fibers, metal and mixed materials.” Area artists selected include Sue Champeny, Sarah Williams, and Nicholas Kantarelis, all of Worcester, and Philip Marshall of Grafton.

The 5^th Art in the Park will continue the tradition of previous exhibitions of drawing thousands of viewers of all ages and cultures, providing an atmosphere where strangers share feelings about the creations. A special feature of this year’s exhibition is the recent renovation of the pond area of Elm Park, making an even more beautiful environment for the sculpture.

Art in the Park is presented in partnership with the City of Worcester’s Parks Department and ArtsWorcester along with the fiscal sponsorship of the Arts and Business Council, Inc. The program is supported in-part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Want to be a part of it? We are currently looking for installation assistance on July 23 and July 25. For more information on installation specifics go to _www.artintheparkworcester.org <http://www.artintheparkworcester.org>_ /facebook and _www.artintheparkworcester.org <http://www.artintheparkworcester.org>_ for support opportunities.

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