Live painter Michael C. Rodriguez created this canvas during last year’s Art in the Park at Stevenson Park. He will offer his work for sale in a booth this year.

Live art, music entertainment planned for Art in Park

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Live painter Michael C. Rodriguez created this canvas during last year’s Art in the Park at Stevenson Park. He will offer his work for sale in a booth this year.

Live painter Michael C. Rodriguez created this canvas during last year’s Art in the Park at Stevenson Park. He will offer his work for sale in a booth this year.

By KAROLYN GEPHART

A wide variety of entertainment will be part of the 9th Annual Friendswood Art in the Park Festival Nov. 17-18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. held in Stevenson Park, located in the downtown district at 1100 Friendswood Dr.

Art in the Park will feature talented artists and musicians along with live artist demonstrations.

Opening Anthem at 10 a.m. will feature a guitar solo.

The Black Friday Project, a Pearland based 60s-90s classic rock/R&B band, will offer greatest hits and deep cuts of a fantastic era of music. They hit the stage at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dark Spark Rays begin at 12:30 p.m. Dark Spark Rays is a collaboration of artists and musicians whose goal is to bring a refreshing and unique style of music.

Guillermo Serpas is a Nuevo Flamenco guitarist based in Houston whose unique style combines a fusion of Spanish Guitar, Latin Jazz, and World Music. Born in San Salvador, Serpas studied classical guitar under the tutelage of Maestro Candido Morales, a close friend and student of Paraguayan guitar legend, Agustin Barrios. Serpas will perform at 2 p.m.

Grifters & Shills, a two-person, dozen-instrument act provides a show full of sound they call root music. They perform at 3 p.m. Before they met, his sound was hard rock and heavy metal. Hers was the classic sound of the East Texas piney woods. Together they entertain like no one else can.

Serenity Movement Studio Dancers perform at 4 p.m.

Date night is held from 5 – 7 p.m. with music by The Modulation Band. The group will perform favorite songs that can be enjoyed by adults enjoying Date Night in the Park.

Sunday will offer a Nutcracker performance by the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater group at 1 p.m. A jazz ensemble will perform at 3 p.m.

Popular DJ Gabriel will entertain between shows on the music stage both days.

Special entertainment will include the walking tree of life both days. The performer travels to Friendswood from California.

Popular graffiti artists El Nacho, Wiley and PilotFX will offer live art performances.

Free art activities, great food and vendor booths will also be offered. The event is free.

Presale VIP tickets are available to be in the VIP area, enjoy dinner from Birraporettis on Saturday and Sunday brunch with mimosas. Artists will have meet and greet events there and seating has a front row view of the stage. For VIP tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friendswood-art-in-the-park-vip-lounge-tickets-51340478754.

Friendswood’s Art in the Park Festival is presented by Friendswood Fine Arts, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. To date, Friendswood Fine Arts has returned over $150,000 back in to the community through free art events such as Art in the Park Festival. FFA directors include Sara Peters and Sangie Gardiner.

Friendswood Fine Arts is a volunteer run 501c3 nonprofit organization, which allows all proceeds from events to be recycled back into the community through creativity-based events and volunteer work. In addition, each year FFA donates directly to elementary, intermediate, junior high and high school art classrooms and art clubs in surrounding districts. To date, FFA has been able to return over $150,000 back to the community through artistic events and presentations.

For more information visit www.AITPfestival.com.

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