Manchester Art Association to present 40th Show in the Park
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Wed., May. 1, 2013
Since 1950, the Manchester Art Association has been dedicated to encouraging artistic talent, creating and fostering interest in all forms of artistic expression, and bringing artists and lovers of the arts together. True to this mission, the MAA will hold the 40th Show in the Park on Sunday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Center Memorial Park in downtown Manchester.
About 100 exhibitors and vendors from both the local area and across Connecticut will be in attendance to display art, crafts and antiques. The MAA has strict guidelines on what appears at the show. For example, all works must be handcrafted. No mass-manufactured products are allowed at the Show in the Park. Because of this, visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the craftsmanship and artistic process that goes into every piece.
The artwork is original, with print copies available. Because this is a juried show, artwork and crafts will be judged. Antiques, which debuted at the show last year, will again be at the show, located near the Main Street sidewalk.
The 40th anniversary for the show is an important milestone to MAA. According to Manchester resident and founding member Grace Tedford, the show has undergone several changes since it first began. Originally held at Whiton Memorial Library as just an art show, it was moved to Manchester High School. “In the late 1970s, the show expanded, and so it was moved to Center Memorial Park,” said Tedford. “Eventually, crafters were included to the fair.”
The MAA also awards three annual scholarships: one specifically for an area high school student and two for students at Manchester Community College. The scholarships are available for students pursuing studies in the visual arts. Applicants must submit a written application, teacher recommendation and a portfolio of their works. Candidates will also go through an interview. The high school recipient will be awarded in the afternoon during the show.
Among the artists and crafters at the 40th Show in the Park will be many returning favorites, such as watercolorist turned oil painter Elizabeth Sennet of East Hampton, who is returning for her 30th show; hand-crafted purse maker Sandy Krajick; ceramics artist Caitlin DeSorbo; and Nancy Goldstein of Tolland, who will feature her soft sculpture angels and silk flower wreaths and arrangements. The show will include many new artists and exhibitors, such as charcoal portrait artist Adam Sokoloski; natural wood sculptor and MAA member Chris Chaffin; and watercolor painter Tracy Lizotte of Acton, Maine.
The Manchester Symphony Orchestra ensemble groups will perform throughout the day. This free event will be held rain or shine. Parking is available around the park or at other locations throughout downtown Manchester. For more information, visit www.manchesterart.org.