Sunday, October 4, 2009
There was a huge sense of relief as I was picking up trash in Pack Square after the very first Asheville Art in the Park event was over on Saturday. The square was very clean as most of the artist policed their own areas and I was left with only a small handful of trash from the street. It was an amazing first event and went off smoothly. There was steady traffic throughout the beautiful sunny Saturday and everyone I spoke with, patrons, artists, and local business owners all thanked me for bringing this event to downtown Asheville. The center of our city has been under construction for so long now that many have forgotten what it was like when this area was the focus. The Pack Square is a special gem in our city and its history pulsates through the newly paved asphalt.
I would like to thank all the artists that made our first event possible. For artists, vending the first time a new show starts is a risky proposition. Many established artists just don't do it at all. Honestly, the artists at Asheville Art in the Park on October 3rd. have not only shown a professional level of dedication to their craft, but also a profound commitment to the Asheville art community.
Beautiful wood turning, hand hammered iron, masterfully melted glass work, hand thrown pottery, incredible jewelry, and amazing 2dimensional art, was all displayed by some of the best artists in the country. It happened here in our little southern city because Asheville is a magnet for creative culture. A lot of the artists exhibiting at Asheville Art in the Park are nationally known. All of the artist are with in 200 miles of Asheville. Most of them live in Buncombe and the surrounding counties or within the Asheville city limits. It makes me so happy to be able to produce a show of this caliber and still be able to truthfully call it local.
The greatest part is that its not over yet! 2 more Saturdays and a lot more great artists. I will be maxing out the Square on Saturday the 10th as artists scramble to fill the few remaining spaces I have. I still have about 10 tentless table spaces available for artists that don't have or want a full booth. I also have a handful of 10X10 spaces available on the 17th.
Thank you Asheville for being the artsy city in the mountains I love.
Here are some shots of artist's booths. I'll post some more later.