by Jennifer Sierra
You may have missed the annual Art in the Park show at Thomas J. Wiethorn Memorial Park in Bellevue, Kentucky this past Saturday. The only thing bad about this show is that it doesn’t last more than one day. Over 50 volunteers showed up to set up the event that hosts dozens of art vendors. Many of these unique artists come from all over the region including Columbus, Ohio.
There was something for everyone here. Food vendors offered pizza, pasta salad, hot dogs on pretzel buns, tacos, Jambalaya, and pulled pork to name a few. Generation Hill Winery served glasses of wine or full bottles to those that might be extra thirsty. There were several potters at the show like Whistle Creek Pottery from Lebanon, Ohio and the super funky work of Mud Love Studio. Whistle Creek said on their blog that the Bellevue show is one of the best shows they participate in and they have returning customers every year.
Several beautiful jewelry booths could be found. Karen Storer from Jewelfish had some really elegant pieces that would make great gifts. Bottle Crafters artist Tim Gottschalk had a very awesome booth. He creates drinking glasses out of liquor bottles. They turn out to be really pretty and the edges are very smooth. He also makes hanging lanterns and cheese boards from glass bottles. It is a great way to recycle old bottles and his items make great housewarming gifts.
There were painters and mixed media artists at the show too. Dayton, Kentucky artist, Beth Nyman creates collage paintings with tin. Her work was colorful and eye-catching and definitely funky. Another Dayton, Kentucky artist in the show was Sarah Horn whose booth was so crowded, it was hard to get in to see her work. She is an annual favorite here. Here pottery features scenes from local landmarks in Belleview and Dayton, Kentucky as well as Cincinnati, Ohio.
One of the reason this event is such a success is the loyal volunteers in Bellevue. Barry Baker, a Dayton resident, volunteers at this event every year. “Many volunteers love this event so much, they pay for things out of their own pockets and don’t even turn in receipts to the city for reimbursement,” Baker said. “We honored Jody Robinson before the event because of all the hard work she does for Art in the Park. She is a workaholic but she gets things done and festivals like this prove it.” Jody Robinson is the Main Street Manager for the City of Bellevue, Kentucky.