Art in the Park returns for its 41st year to Libbey Park in Ojai over Memorial Day weekend. A tradition for so many years, the variety of artists continues to grow each year. The categories for works to be sold are: ceramics, mixed media, oils, acrylics, photography, pastel, watercolor, graphics, glass, wood, sculpture, fine jewelry. Stroll among the canopies filled with visual and wearable wonders produced by local and regional artisans. Drop by between 10 am and 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27.
“This year we are having many new artists coming for the weekend,” said Helen Solomon, event organizer for the Ojai Art Center, sponsor of the event. “A majority of artists return year after year. However, this time we are having a large number of new people ready to show their art to the community and our many visitors of the weekend. Art is more than painting, more than sculpture. It encompasses the wide breath of talent living in Ojai including wood and furniture.”
The creative Art in the Park poster for 2018 was designed by Ojai resident Michael McCarthy. The colorful image can be seen in area windows, postcards at hotels and advertising. “I have been doing daily cartoons of myself so I thought I would insert them into the poster. I also did a little Dr. Seuss inspired touch to it.”
One of the highlights of the event is the contest involving all artists. There will be first, second and third place winners with up to three honorable mentions. Past winners include many of Ojai’s most notable artists such as Carlos Grasso, Yumi Ueno, Duane Dammeyer, and Victor DiNovi. Additionaly, there will be Nordhoff student artwork judge with first, second and third place winners.
“Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to Ojai’s almost weekly events in the park,” said Solomon. “Art in the Park is a great way to wander under the oaks viewing creative works from some of our most talented artists. Wonderful way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.” This is a free admission event.