The Columbus Public Library, Maple Uncommon Guesthouse & Gallery, and The Columbus Project announce collaboration on a new community project, Art in the Park. This effort will connect local residents with art opportunities, both as active engagers and as observers. Participants will learn about art forms, mediums, and genres of visual art, while experiencing firsthand the joy of creating. This will be a series that runs throughout the summer and fall, and hopefully longer at varying venues.
The first Art in the Park event is scheduled for this Monday, July 1, at the Columbus City Park. Children and young people ages five through 18 are invited to gather at 4:00 p.m. at the NW corner of the park. The book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, will be read by Librarian Lauren Dainty. This delightful book encourages artists of all ages and aptitudes, even those who think they have no ability, to “be an artist”.
From the author’s website: For anyone who has been afraid to express themselves – from a child in art class to an adult whose fear has shut down a long-held dream, Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot (Candlewick Press) is there to remind us all to “Make your mark, and see where it takes you.”
Following the book reading, Alicia Osburn will lead a painting class during which each participant will create her or his own canvas. All supplies will be provided and there is no charge for attending the class. There is also no prior enrollment required; please invite friends to this fun and inspirational event! At the end of class, students will learn how to present work and an art show will be set up.
The public, friends, and family are invited to join the group at the Columbus City Park at 6:00 p.m. for the show. Art pieces created by the students will be displayed around the park, at the location of each board on the library’s Storywalk. Each young artist will be stationed beside their piece of artwork, to discuss the creation with those who come to enjoy the show. Maggie’s Curbside Café will be on hand so visitors to the event can grab dinner in the park while enjoying the show. There will also be special art installations, so parents and adults can participate in an interactive art experience. Don’t miss this fun and unique experience!