On Friday, August 25, 2017 Weir Farm National Historic Site, the Friends of Weir Farm, and the Weir Farm Art Center will host an Art in the Park Festival, culminating with judging and announcement of the winners of this year's art competition. The park welcomes artists, neighbors, national park lovers, and visitors of all ages and experience levels to create Art in the Park during this free day-long event.
Beginning at 10:00 am, the event will include art demonstrations, activity stations, free-to-use art supplies, music, refreshments, and more! Advanced artists are encouraged to bring their supplies, and the park will provide supplies for those that don't have their own. All visitors will have the opportunity to create works of art and enter the contest. At the end of the day, an on-site exhibition will feature entries for viewing and judging. Visitors will have the chance to vote for their favorite piece during the festival and help determine a winner for the Visitor's Choice Award. Other awards will be determined by a panel of judges and winners for each category will be announced at 5:00 pm to wrap up the festivities. A detailed schedule of activities and demonstration times will be available on the park website at www.nps.gov/wefa in mid-August.
The theme of the 2017 art contest is Impressions of Weir Farm. As the only national park dedicated to American Impressionism, and one that leaves an impression on everyone who visits, this year's theme challenges visitors to create something colorful, exciting, and unique based on their experience at Weir Farm NHS. Entries will be judged on the use of color, quality of work, originality, creativity, and how well the work is related to the theme.
There will be a special category for professional or advanced artists, and several categories based on age for all other entries. All winners will be featured on the park's website and social media and receive an award. The winner of the professional artist category will receive the Weir Masterpiece Award and have the option to display their work at the park following the contest.
In addition to submitting works of art during the August 25th Art in the Park Festival, visitors and professional artists can enter by dropping off original artwork at the park during visitor center hours. The park will accept entries in person or by mail up to the day of the event. Please include your name, age, phone number, and email address with your artwork. Entries must be received and on display by 4:00 pm on August 25th for judging. Winners will be announced at 5:00 pm.
Artwork can be taken home after the event, or picked up during visitor center hours through September 17, 2017. By entering the contest, the artist gives permission for the park to use images of the work on the park's website, social media, and print media. Professional artists may request crediting or limitations on use.
Park staff will be on hand to assist artists with supplies, and a free shuttle service will be offered from overflow parking areas just minutes from the park throughout the day. Leave your cares behind, pack a lunch, and enjoy creating and experiencing Art in the Park!