Amazing Art in the Park March 10-11 in Brooksville
The very popular “Art in the Park” will be presented by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council for the 34th year on Saturday, March 10, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 11, from 10 am to 4 pm at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, in downtown Brooksville. This celebration of arts and crafts features original artwork by over 100 fine art and craft exhibitors in a lovely park setting. It is relaxing and admission is free. There is a suggested donation of $5 for parking.
The Art in the Park event was first held in Masaryktown in 1984 to celebrate the arts in Hernando County. Larry Whidden was the first chairman and was assisted by a small group of local artists. It grew so much that the ‘fine arts show’ had to move to Tom Varn Park nearly 20 years ago. This wonderful venue features artist and crafter diplays set along a paved, winding path under magnificent oak trees.
Supporting Arts in the Community
The profits from Art in the Park fund a community grant program supporting the arts in our community, including school art programs, art leagues, youth orchestras and the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, dance and music concerts and recitals that are open to the public. Our overhead is extremely low. We are an organization of volunteers with no one getting paid.
There will be entertainment throughout the celebration with a special appearance by the Hernando Symphony Orchestra performing Pops in the Park on Saturday, March 10 from 1 to 2:30 pm. Please bring your chair and enjoy the music under the beautiful oaks.
Juried Show offers $4,000 in Prize Money
Art in the Park features a juried art show that attracts over 100 local, state, and national fine art and craft exhibitors competing for $4,000 in prize money.
There will also be a juried student art show featuring over 300 works of art from children ranging in age from elementary school through college level.
Families are encouraged to visit the free children’s art activity tent where young people can experiment with different mediums to create their own take-away masterpiece.
Art in the Park is a relaxing, family-friendly event that includes a festival food court to whet patrons’ appetites.
The 34th Annual Art in the Park is presented by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, PO Box 1265, Brooksville, Florida 34605. Call 352-279-5182 for more information.
Art in the Park is supported in part by the following community leaders: Florida’s Adventure Coast, the City of Brooksville, the Tampa Bay Times, Wal-Mart, NatureCoaster.com, and WWJB.
For more information visit www.HernandoArts.org or call 352-279-5182.
Enjoy Brooksville’s Fine Murals too
The Brooksville Mural Society, Inc. was formed in 2001 to “Enhance the cultural and educational development of the residents of the city of Brooksville and Hernando County through the creation, development, and promotion of murals and other public artworks of regional and historical significance.”
As of 2018, there are six murals #1 -The Stroll 200I – #2 – Fire and Police 2002 #3 – Physicians 2003 #4 – Fifties Drug Store 2004 #6 – Livery Stable 2008. The Hernando County Arts Council would be glad to assist in anyone interested in future murals.
The Fire and Police mural was done by artist Keith Goodson who explains, “The town wanted to depict the 1920’s Lafrance fire engine that used to be in service for the city. The mural was painted over the original bay doors that were sealed up with stucco. This mural comes complete with its own painted fire dog.”
Plan to visit Art in the Park March 10 and 11 to get your art on in the fresh air of beautiful Brooksville.