Apple Shots #8: Art in the Park, 2004 and 2005
Art in the Park is one of my favorite traditions in Appleton, Wisconsin. We boast a surprisingly high concentration of talent in the arts and a rich cultural life, as illustrated by the large crowds the flock to our annual festival, Art in the Park. This event, typically held in City Park, features dozens of booths by artists, live music and entertainment, and thousands of visitors. Two events are shown in the photos below, one held on July 25, 2004 and one held the following year, July 31, 2005. These photos are all copyright Jeff Lindsay 2004-2005.
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The 2004 Art in the Park Event (July 25)
A girl frolics in the famous water fountain in City Park during the Art in the Park festival. (I can also spot my lovely wife in the background.)
Dozens of booths featuring great art are the main attraction at Art in the Park. You can learn, buy, or just browse and enjoy.
A Hmong booth features the intricate "bandao" cloths (literally "flowery cloth") that tell the stories of their people. These are great for displaying in your home.
Several more booths by regional artists.
A Hmong family works at another Hmong booth.
The fine art of kettle corn draws many visitors. It's certainly a rapidly expanding art form.
Visitors and booths near the playground area of the park
More children are drawn into the waters of the fountain and its famous sculture.
Paintings by Debra Lee Hellwig, an outstanding Wisconsin artist.
A crowd wathces a gymnastics exhibition
Tumblers from the West Bend Dance-Tumbling Troupe entertain with a high-energy routine. This is what the crows above was watching.
More from the tumblers.
A catchy routine.
Another crowd ambles about City Park.
A band performs. It's not Fleetwood Mac - at least not this time - but people enjoyed it.
Beauty is what it's all about.
People pause to reflect on some beautiful art.
A bronze sculpture on display. (I lost the card - can anybody tell me who the artist is?)
The 2005 Art in the Park Event (July 31)
Artist Ines Smrz displays one of her beautiful works. (And yes, she gave me permission to put this on my site. Thanks!) For more information, see InesSmerz.com.
The fountain in City Park is always a draw - when it's warm.
A booth at the edge of the venue.
A Hmong woman selling flowers.
Another interesting exhibit.
A fragmented self-portrait.
A beautiful hand-made canoe.
A view of a shady part of the event.
Art with colored glass - one of my favorites.
One of many exhibits.