12th-annual Sumter Art in the Park set for Saturday

More than 80 artists expected

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 9/19/18

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association will welcome fall with the 12th annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. More than 80 artists and crafters will display and sell their work in the largest of the events yet, …

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12th-annual Sumter Art in the Park set for Saturday

More than 80 artists expected

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The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association will welcome fall with the 12th annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. More than 80 artists and crafters will display and sell their work in the largest of the events yet, and they will be joined by about 30 vendors.

"We're excited about this year's Art in the Park," said Cleo Klopfleisch, public relations chairwoman for the HSNA. It'll be like walking through an outdoor art gallery, and it really does have something for people of all ages and budgets."

She said items at the event will be priced from $1 on up to $2,000 for a handmade wooden table. Visitors to the park will see paintings, sculpture, glass art, metal work, fabric art, handmade soaps, jewelry, garden art and many unique crafts.

Klopfleisch said there will also be a Community Corner, which includes activities and items primarily for children.

"Nonprofits and profits will have a children's craft center with hands-on activities," she said. "For example, the Evening Pilot Club will teach the children puppetry, the Sumter County Gallery of Art will have some visual arts activities, and Sumter Habitat (for Humanity) will teach the kids to make (and plant) mug planters."

In addition, Klopfleisch said Sumter Little Theatre will present excerpts of scenes and music from its next production, "Little Shop of Horrors." The Sumter County Library and Affiche Services will present popular children's book character Pete the Cat, who will lead a parade around the park and also read to the children and pose for photos with them.

Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at the Community Corner; park visitors can purchase snacks or a lunch, including hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, fruit cobblers and more.

Two stages will have performances throughout the day, Klopfleisch said. There will be a literary stage, where authors will read from their works, and bagpiper Doug Elwell will talk about and play the Scottish instrument. Several local performers and groups will provide entertainment from opening to close on both stages, as well.

"HSNA presents Art in the Park to bring our community together," Klopfleisch said, "and to show our local artists and resources. We want everyone to know what's in their own community and to give our artists and crafters a chance to make some money by selling their work." She said visitors to Art in the Park will see "an incredible variety of everything."

Proceeds from vendor fees and sales will benefit Willow Drive Elementary School, Shaw Air Force Base Spouses' Club Scholarship Program and the Tuomey Foundation.

Sumter County Sheriff's Office will assist with parking in three areas - two at Grace Baptist Church and the third at Curtis and Croft Law Firm - that are all clearly marked and located near the park entrance on West Calhoun Street. Golf carts will provide transportation from Grace for those with limited mobility.

Brochures with entertainment schedules, a vendor list, a map and more will be available for visitors. Admission is free.

Art in the Park receives funds from the Sumter County Cultural Commission, supported by the John and Susan Bennett Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association is a local nonprofit organization.

For more information about Art in the Park 2018, email SumterHSNA@gmail.com or call Klopfeisch at (803) 406-2177.