As the smoke cleared, numerous white tents appeared in Julia Davis Park over the weekend for the annual Art in the Park. From minimalist fruit illustrations to recycled metal sculptures, Art in the Park offers a diverse range of art, entertainment, and food. This past weekend marked the 63rd year of the Boise Art Museum’s largest fundraiser. The event presents over 260 art vendors from around the United States to sell goods like ceramics, decorative home crafts, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, and photography to name a few.
A staple of the art culture in Boise, many have come to believe Art in the Park has come to represent the importance of arts and culture in the Treasure Valley.
“Art and music, really all arts, define our culture, so it’s important to have events like this so we have a culture,” said Peter Taylor, a sophomore social work major.
It is clear by walking around the park there is a certain culture of elan and idyllicism among artists, which is then shared with and promoted by the public.
“I love coming to Art in the Park, for the art and to be inspired by other artists. I believe that we all have the potential to be creators,” said Payton Elsey, a sophomore computer science major.
“Artists make us think about our culture, they define it, they make us question-at times. Artists are the embodiment of culture. When you talk about a culture, you don’t necessarily look at what they do for work. You look at their art, what their language and music sounds like-all of that is what really defines a culture,” Taylor said.
Not only do these artists come to Boise every year to sell their work, but also to demonstrate how they have morphed and fine tuned their style over time.
“One of my favorite things to do at Art in the Park is to see how artists are changing and expanding their vision,” Elsey said.
“Art in the Park is enrichment. I see things someone else created which makes we think in different ways just looking at it,” Taylor said. “I like the illustrators, because they take well known cartoon characters or their own original characters and place them in situation they aren’t normally. It makes me smile and think about life differently.”
Information such as the type of art and food vendors, general information, and lost and found number for this year’s and next year’s Art in the Park can be found at www.boiseartmuseum.org/art-in-the-park/.