Visitors to Blowing Rock’s first Art in the Park of 2023 strolled through more than 75 fine arts and crafts booths on Saturday, May 20 in downtown Blowing Rock.
Presented by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, Art in the Park is a juried art event with prizes awarded to the four top artists.
Michelle McDowell Smith, a mixed media fine artist from Roanoke, VA took home Art in the Parks top prize, the Award of Excellence, including a blue ribbon and a check for $300.
Melanie Miller, an artist, and jeweler from Blairsville, GA, won the second place Award of Distinction and a check for $100.
Honorable Mention Awards were awarded to Lindy Bruns, who creates art from wool, and Nate Favors, a woodturner from Bakersville, NC.
The remaining 2023 Art in the Park dates are June 10, July 15, August 12, September 9, and October 7. Show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some free parking is available downtown. During show hours, a continuous free trolley service provides transportation for easy parking at Tanger Outlets. For more information, call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.
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