Art in the Park returns to Elms Park

Art show and sale, entertainment, food and children’s activities planned


SWARTZ CREEK — The rolling green grounds of Elms Park will once again provide the backdrop for the annual Art in the Park juried art show and sale.

The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, with 55 vendors bringing a variety of artistic creations, including paintings, drawings, jewelry, woodwork, pottery, mixed media, textiles, books and more.

Live country, bluegrass and folk music will be performed throughout the day in the entertainment tent. Nearby, food vendors Fireside Coffee, Kathy’s Kettle Korn, Great Bread Co. and Lucky’s Lunch Wagon will sell food and refreshments.

Pedro the donkey is expected to return to lead the children’s parades at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All children are welcome to gather at the gate, grab a kazoo or other noisemaker, and march throughout the fair grounds.

“That’s always a lot of fun,” said Kiwanian Doug Stephens, art fair chairman. “The kids really seem to enjoy it. I think the parents like it better than anybody.”

There also will be a children’s craft area set up near the main entrance.

The art fair is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Swartz Creek, the GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club and the Swartz Creek Area Art Guild. Additional sponsorship is provided by MTA and PFCU.

The Women’s Club also will host a silent auction of artwork donated by the vendors. The silent auction takes place under the pavilion.

“It’s just a nice afternoon and the park is so perfect for this,” said Stephens. “We have 55 vendors this year, which is down from 2019 when we had 80. I think the virus is kind of scaring some people off. Other shows are experiencing similar situations. But 55 is still pretty good.

“Most, about two-thirds, are returning vendors from previous shows. All are from Michigan and many are from Swartz Creek. It looks like the weather is going to be nice, so it will be a good day to stroll from booth to booth, enjoy the artwork, visit with the artists and the friends you see in the crowd. We’ve spread it out so there is plenty of space so no one will be crowded.”

The art fair is now in its 12th year. The 2020 show was canceled due to the pandemic.

Admission to the show is free.