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First Art in the Park of 2014 Held on Saturday, May 17 in Downtown Blowing Rock; First Since Founder’s Passing

by Madison V. Fisler

May 16, 2014. Edith Carter, founder of Art in the Park passed away on Monday, May 12. An art teacher at Caldwell and Wilkes County high schools, Carter worked together with Robert Snyder in 1962 to add something special to the beautiful town of Blowing Rock to attract more tourists and engage them in a special activity.

imgresArt in the Park became one of the first juried outdoor art shows in the High Country to showcase local talent. The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce honored Carter for her contribution in 2012 during the 50th anniversary of the festival.

Edith Carter, who passed away at the age of 83, was an artist, historian, conservationist and an avid community leader for her small High Country town.

This weekend’s Art in the Park is not only the first one of 2014, but it is also the first event since its founder’s passing.

Art in the Park is a series of juried craft shows held in beautiful downtown Blowing Rock, which showcases the talent of local artists and craftsmen. Some of the very best local and regional artists showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, photography, painting, fiber, glass and much more.

Art in the Park attracts artisans from all over the Southeast to exhibit their wares in a series of six shows throughout the summer and fall months. With one show each month May through October, the quality of the exhibitions routinely draw thousands of arts and crafts lovers to the area each month.

The featured artists for this year’s Art in the Park are as follows:

  • May – Chris Boone
  • June – Jim Spires
  • July – Joanna White
  • August – Obayana Ajanaku
  • September – Jean Yao
  • October – Judson Guerard

Shows are open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and there is a free shuttle trolley service available to all patrons.

For more information about Art in the Park, click here.