Chaffee Art Center Presents 58th Annual Art in the Park Summer Festival

Chaffee Art Center Presents 58th Annual Art in the Park Summer Festival

Rutland, Vermont—All are invited to attend the Chaffee Art Center’s 58th Annual Art in the Park Summer Festival to be held on August 10 & 11 in Main Street Park at the Junction of Routes 4 & 7 in Rutland, Vermont.  The show features juried fine artists, craftspeople, and specialty food producers.  Rounding out the festival are food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, face painting, a community art project, pet area, and live demonstrations.  Hours are from 10am to 5pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.   A voluntary donation is appreciated.  

All types of handcrafts and fine art will be on exhibit and available for purchase at the outdoor festival.  The visual arts are represented by a selection of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, recycled mixed media, and photographs. A full array of crafts will be featured:  pottery; health & body products; candles; VT stone products; variety of fiber items; jewelry; glass items; garden ornaments; handwoven baskets; hand lettered apparel and prints, wooden bowls, platters and cutting boards;  birdhouses; and so much more.  Specialty food producers will tempt your tastebuds with samples of fudge, maple treats, Greek products; wine, and spirits. Demonstrations of works in progress will be held throughout the weekend.  

Food concessions will be selling their delicious food both days to include: Yellow Deli with wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, soup, chili, assorted desserts, fresh baked bread; Victoria’s Authentic Mexican Food; Mrs. Waffles with Chicken N Waffles, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Fish N Fries, Chicken Tenders, Sausage and Peppers, sweet waffles with toppings and waffle pops on sticks with frosting and toppings.  There will also be specialty foods to include cinnamon roasted nuts; kettle korn; organic Vermont maple syrup and maple products; and fudge. 

Opening the festival Saturday with live music will be Aaron Audet.  Both days, Jimmy Kalb will entertain from Noon to 2pm followed by the talents of Alison Fay Brown.  On Sunday morning, attendees will get a treat with the musical stylings of Nikki Adams.

Free kid’s activities will be held under the Chaffee’s main tent throughout the weekend.  Art projects will be provided by Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum.  Plus, a community art project will be on display and ready for attendees to paint and enjoy.

Back again this year are Chaffee Bucks.  Entry into the drawings are free to attendees, and will be held hourly throughout each day under the main tent.  Winners can spend the Chaffee Bucks during the festival weekend at any booth in the park.

Art in the Park is Vermont’s oldest continuing arts tradition, and the Chaffee Art Center’s major fund-raising event, occurring twice yearly in mid-summer and autumn.  The festival is sponsored by:  Southside Steakhouse, Heritage Family Credit Union, Stewart’s Shops, and Killington Ltd.  In-kind sponsors include:  Casella Waste Management, Rutland Recreation and Parks Department, Hull Maynard Hersey Insurance, Dellveneri’s Bakery, and Mr. Twitter’s Garden & Gift Emporium.  

We are still accepting exhibitors up until this show, as well as for the October festival.  For information and application visit, or call (802)775-0356.