Chaffee Art Center presents 61st Annual Art in the Park

Chaffee Art Center presents 61st Annual Art in the Park

Chaffee Art Center’s 61st Annual Art in the Park Summer Festival will take place August 13 & 14 in Rutland’s Main Street Park at the Junction of Routes 4 & 7. Juried fine artists, craftspeople, and specialty food producers will be featured.  Rounding out the festival are food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, and demonstrations of works in progress held throughout the weekend. Hours: Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. A voluntary donation is appreciated.

We invite everyone to visit this fun event. Attendees will enjoy the variety of unique handcrafts and fine art that 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, and photographs. A full array of crafts will be featured: pottery, fiber items such as handmade clothing, quilted items, hand dyed clothing, naturally dyed yarn and clothing, heatable/freezable organic stuffy’s, puppets and weighted blankets; stained glass suncatchers and mobiles; stone lamps; variety of jewelry; custom mirrors; wooden furniture, bowls, lamps, cutting boards, birdhouses, fairy houses; aromatherapy and herbal products; hand lettered cards, prints, apparel and stickers; and more!

There will be food concessions selling their delicious food both days to include Yellow Deli and Rollin Rooster. Also, for the sweet tooth there will be cotton candy, ice cream floats and sundaes, Kettle Corn, Fudge and Kettle Roasted Nuts. Live music will be performed all day on Saturday and Sunday featuring Bethany Conner, Melissa D., Dirty Red Hearts, Allison Fay Brown, and Phil Henry. Back again this year are Chaffee Bucks that will be given away randomly at the gates throughout both days. Winners can spend the Chaffee Bucks during the festival weekend at any booth in the park.

VOLUNTEERS are very much needed to help during the event from set-up on Friday to gates on Saturday and Sunday. Please send an email to [email protected] to sign up, or call 802.775.0356.

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: Casella Waste Management, MUD Radio 101.5, Rutland Recreation and Parks Department, Hull Maynard Hersey Insurance, Rutland Free Library, and Wonderfeet.

Stop in during open hours and explore our new Exhibit, Cultural Mosaic. Featured are vibrant and colorful art by Pievy Polyte; abstract art by Alan Jacobs; written word by area poets; and Chaffee artist members have work on display and for sale throughout the mansion as well as in the Gallery Shoppe that is filled with handmade treasures and gift ideas for any occasion.  There are many guest artists work: Local muralist Lopi LaRoe aka LMNOPI, Poet Linda Quinlan, artist Kate Cormier, Poem by Raven Crispino, Art & Poem by Dale Schelling Bills, and more.  This exhibit will be up until September 9th. Chaffee Art Center Hours: Wednesday through Friday from Noon to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. 16 South Main Street, Rutland, VT.  Contact:[email protected]; 802.775.0356.