For its 60th year, Art in the Park will be gathering artists from all over the country to showcase their work in Julia Davis Park. The festival will include 260 artists, 41 food vendors, live music from nine different performers and three days of pure art.
“We have 60 new artists coming [this year] and a lot of great ones returning. We should have some new art mediums and different things we haven’t seen before,” said Teresa Sales, Art in the Park coordinator. “We have artists coming from all over the United States, mainly the Northwest.”
Although this is Sales’ first year as coordinator of Art in the Park, the year seems promising, with a special performance from Shaken Not Stirred in the Boise Art Museum Sculpture Garden on Saturday night. As Friday approaches, Sales is doing her best to turn the weekend into a celebration of art.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to see really fine artwork of all mediums,” Sales said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see great art that we don’t see every day in Boise because people come from out of town. There’s great music, good food;, it should be a ton of fun for everybody.”
The event allows students to get to know local artists as well as enjoy an environment where art is the focus. Each year vendors vary from photographers to pop artists. The festival can also serve as a great way for artists to build connections with the art community and find inspiration in others artists’ work.
Art in the Park is hosted by the Boise Art Museum and will take place Sept. 5-7 in Julia Davis Park, just across Friendship Bridge from the Boise State campus.