One Saturday per month from May through October sees the best craftspeople and artisans from several different states line up along Park Avenue in downtown Blowing Rock, turning the road into a pedestrian path for the annual Art in the Park event.
“Celebrating 57 years, Art in the Park is one of the top arts and crafts shows in the Southeast,” said Loni Miller, director of Art in the Park. “As a series of six separate shows, each show has a different selection of artists — making it worth the visit each show.”
In 2019, the event returns for the 57th year. Going from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the 2019 versions take place on May 25, June 15, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.
“This year’s Art in the Park jury process was incredibly competitive with many new artists applying for their chance to share their work with Blowing Rock,” Miller said. “As a result, we look forward to shopping an incredible variety of new art never seen before in Blowing Rock, alongside some favorite legends from our shows.”
A Blowing Rock staple since 1962, visitors can look at and purchase paintings, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, fiber items and much more from any of the long line of artists.
Held rain or shine, each Art in the Park sees four artists honored. The Award of Excellence comes with a $200 prize, the Award of Distinction recipient gets $100 and two Honorable Mention Awards are presented. Recipients of the Award of Excellence are eligible to receive a free booth space in the May show of the following year. All award winners are exempt from jurying in the following year.
Free parking is available downtown on the street and in the parking decks on Wallingford St. and at BRAHM. Art in the Park also has a free trolley to and from parking areas at Tanger Outlets and Food Lion, looping every 20 minutes. Art in the Park is presented by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. For more information, including the featured artists in 2019, call the Chamber at (828) 295-7851 or visit blowingrock.com/artinthepark.