Art lovers congregate for Art in the Park





Sergio Barcena’s metalworks were a big draw for the crowd.

Sergio Barcena’s metalworks were a big draw for the crowd.

SWARTZ CREEK
— With blue skies and faint breezes, Art in the Park 2010 drew big crowds of all ages for its second annual event Aug. 28 in Elms Road Park.

More than 50 vendors, both local and out-ofthe area, displayed their creative talents for the nearly 2,800 people who attended.

“It was a very nice turnout, and it was a beautiful day,” said Richard Mattson, festival chairman. “All the artists were ecstatic with the volunteers’ work to help them. The volunteers really stepped up, and did a fantastic job.”

Besides highlighting local artists in the community, Art in the Park serves as a fundraiser for the Swartz Kiwanis Club. Mattson said approximately $5,200 was raised for the Kiwanis to distribute to different groups that the organization supports, such as the Whaley Children’s Center and scholarships. “I was shocked,” Mattson said. “I didn’t think we raised that much.”

Art lovers turned out bright and early for Art in the Park 2010 Aug. 28 in Elms Road Park.

Art lovers turned out bright and early for Art in the Park 2010 Aug. 28 in Elms Road Park.

Presented by the Swartz Creek Kiwanis Club, Art in the Park 2010 was endorsed by the Swartz Creek GFWC Women’s Club, the Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Swartz Creek and the Swartz Creek DDA.




The Creative Touch artist Darrel Frederick of Owosso paints one of his hand carved wooden bowls.

The Creative Touch artist Darrel Frederick of Owosso paints one of his hand carved wooden bowls.

Attendees browse the through paintings at Virginia Maddrell’s booth.

Attendees browse the through paintings at Virginia Maddrell’s booth.

Children were able to create their own works of art in the kids tent.

Children were able to create their own works of art in the kids tent.

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