By Holly Kline
Art in the Park in Fishers is a fun, family-friendly event that offers the opportunity to browse and purchase beautiful and unique works of art from local artists. This year the art festival takes place on May 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Nickel Plate Amphitheater.
Doug Whisman was chairman of Art in the Park for three years and this year co-chairs the event.
“Art in the Park brings local artists together with residents,” said Whisman. “Supporting local art helps artists survive, which makes the community a more interesting place.”
Presented for the first time by the Renaissance Faire, Art in the Park will be held next to the Fishers Farmers Market so visitors should expect plenty of free entertainment all day and lots of delicious Farmers Markets treats available for purchase until noon.
Adam Fivush is the chairman of the Renaissance Faire and is excited that his organization is involved in this year’s Art in the Park.
“We’ve used Art in the Park as a way to promote our event and we always enjoy Art in the Park so much,” said Fivush.
The Art in the Park festival will consist of around 25 on-site artists selling their works and Fivush says that some will sell originals and some will offer prints.
“The art is juried,” he explained. “We do have some jewelry. We try not to overdo any particular style.”
Whisman added that the artists will likely engage with the public.
“This is less of an art show and more of an art sale,” he explained. “Art in the Park gives artists an opportunity to sell direct and allows them to find new customers as well as possibly land future commissions.”
Entertainment starts at 10 a.m. on the amphitheater stage. The band Redrum will play and they recently won “Most Creative Band” at the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon festival. A variety of other bands will participate plus a Korean Choir will perform.
Renaissance Faire characters will walk around during Art in the Park and attendees will be able to sign up for the Renaissance Faire newsletter and enter for a chance to win tickets to the event in the fall.
Art in the Park is part of the Nickel Plate Arts Festival, which is a month-long series of events taking place in several communities around Fishers and Hamilton County. Check out the schedule at www.nickelplatearts.org to find other creative, artistic events that offer summertime fun.