Art in the Park began 37 years ago with a handful of artists selling their works on the Square. It was sponsored by the Medina County Arts Council and it was an immediate success. Since then, it has evolved into Medina’s premier summer event, attracting artists from across the country and thousands of spectators and shoppers.

Sunday, July 18 was hot, as it is every year for Art in the Park  — although it didn’t rain as it has frequently in the past. The smell of roasting hot dogs permeated the air, (Kiwanis had set up their concession stands), and there was — as always — the delightful anticipation of finding a treasure to purchase from the 130 artists set up in bright white tents that spread throughout the entire park like a Bedouin encampment.

The show, which was juried, was judged this year by Scott Ligon,  professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art and an acclaimed digital artist.

The awards were:

Best of Show: Josh Rush for his oil painting.

Traditional, 1st through 3rd: Kathleen Green (oil painting), Sharon Borror (watercolor) and Doug Lehnhardt (acrylic)

Non-traditional: 1st through 3rd: Leo Charette (photography), Sharon Stolzenberger (painting) and Sandy Kephart (fiber).

Functional: 1st through 3rd: Paul and Debra Bahm (wood), John Smothers (wood) and Elaine Lamb (ceramics).

Non-functional: 1st through 3rd: Bob Pozarski (glass), Joe Leonard (wood) and Richard Ruehle (wood).

Here are some of the sights:

Painted and quilted fabrics were colorful and profuse.

Perennial favorite, Elaine Lamb offered ceramic ware embossed with her distinctive sgraffito trim.

Wood sculptures came in interesting sizes and shapes. This one, designed for a garden, was particularly distinctive.

This very artistic metalwork attracted a great deal of attention.

As did the beautiful stained glass.  There was glass ware of all kinds, from the functional to the wearable.

And of course, there were paintings in great profusion– oil, water color acrylic. Which was, of course, how it all began, 37 years ago.

A view from the north side of the Square.

2 Responses to “Art in the Park”

  1. rosemary Says:

    can you tell me the date of art in the park for 2012?? i can’t find anything about it. i think it was july 17 last year? thank you

  2. rosemary Says:

    sorry i had a typo. this is my correct email adress.

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