Oct. 15 brings with it another exciting event worth looking forward to, Friendswood’s very own Art in the Park Festival, which is hosted annually by Friendswood Fine Arts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The longest running art festival of its kind in the area, Art in the Park, now in its 7th year, returns once again to Stevenson Park located in the downtown district at 1100 Friendswood Drive. The two day, family friendly, free to attend, open-air marketplace will feature artist, musicians, along with great food, demonstrations and hands on art projects, with supplies generously donated by local area businesses. Children’s activities will fade away for the evening, replaced by live music and entertainment. The entertainment line-up includes Campfire Soul, Grifters & Shills, DJ Gabriel, Modulation Bank, Samuel Barker & Kim Daniels, The Tree of Life and Heightened Experience. Proceeds from the event go to help fund free creativity in the community, with events like Art in the Park and the Holiday Lighting competition each December.
“We donate to all of the art classrooms in Friendswood Independent School District, as well as the Clear Brook High School Art Club, to help provide art supplies for the students,” said Sangie Gardiner co-director of Friendswood Fine Arts Nonprofit Organization. “We truly enjoy giving back to the community. Art in the Park is our gift to the people of Friendswood, and we hope that it will continue for many years to come.”
The driving force behind the event, Friendswood Fine Arts Nonprofit Organization, directed by Sangie Gardiner and Sara Peters, working alongside other local nonprofits, Friendswood Fine Arts lends a hand in bringing several community events to the city of Friendswood each year. The Art in the Park festival bring more than just art appreciation to the community, it also helps to boost local economy. Many of the festival artists, vendors, and visitors, travel from outside of Friendswood, and in some cases, outside of Texas, to get to the event.
This year’s Art in the Park Festival is sponsored by Friendswood Fine Arts, Saint Arnolds Brewery and various area businesses. Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase art while visiting artist’s booths, CD’s from the bands that are performing at the event and nonprofit merchandise of shirts, hats and tote bags.
For more information visit the event website at www.aitpfestival.com or Friendswood Fine Arts website at www.ffaionline.com.