Art in the park in Havre de Grace

Acrylic paintings, hand-painted wine glasses, wood sculptures and handmade jewelry — it will all be at Tydings Memorial Park this weekend for the 48th Havre de Grace Art Show.

Sponsored byChesapeake Publishing Corporation and Big House Signs, the annual art show is free to attend and will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the park, rain or shine.

Local as well as nationwide artists will show their work to art lovers at the park, which overlooks the Susquehanna River andChesapeake Bay.

Cindy Height, chairman of the art show, said, "The show is smaller this year, but the quality high." She added, "We have some new wood sculpture artists and some very high quality pottery and ceramic artists."

Want a taste of what to expect this weekend? Visit the Art Show's Facebook page,, where several photos of the vendors' work are displayed. Take a sneak peak of a display of handmade soaps by Pam and Jim Butchkoski, of Stonefield Soaps in Chester Springs, Pa., a humorous mixed media piece by Constance Guerra, of Midland, Va., as well as a patriotic painting by local Nottingham artist Bruno Baran.

"We really try to make sure there are original artists [at the show] and [they are] not reselling something that's been made somewhere else," Height said of the artists' originality and unique pieces of work. "You can really guarantee the artists are the true artisans of what they're showing."

Music lovers will also get an ear-full this weekend.

Doo-wop group Lewis Lane Singers, the Harford Community College Phoenix Theater and rock and blues group Witch Doctors Band will perform on stage near the park playground Saturday. Lewis Lane Singers will take the stage again on Sunday, as well as folk rock band When Thunder Comes, whose photo is also on the Art Show's Facebook page.

The Uncle Pete Music Show will be performed at the children's tent Saturday and Sunday, and the Havre de Grace Drama Guild will perform the classic "Alice in Wonderland" on Sunday.

Among the art will be food and drink vendors selling crabcakes, snowballs, smoothies, hot dogs, hamburgers and more.

The most important part of the show, though, is that all of the money raised goes right back into the Havre de Grace community.

Soroptimist International of Havre de Grace, the volunteer service organization presenting the art show, uses the art show funds benefit community projects and institutions, such as scholarships for local children, VA Hospital Women's Project, and the Fourth of July committee.

"Nobody is making a living from producing this show. It's all volunteers that run it," Height said.

In addition to selling their wares, the artists exhibiting will be judged by a group of professional artists on Saturday, looking for the best pieces in categories such as paintings, drawings, photography and best in show.

Ribbons and "monetary awards," which will be determined at the end of the show, will be awarded to the best artists Sunday, Height said.

All exhibitors are also donating an item toward the art show raffle. Attendees can buy raffle tickets at the Soroptimist canopy, $1 for a single ticket, $3 for five and $10 for an arm's length worth of tickets.

Those who buy raffle tickets can place their tickets in containers next to the item they hope to win. Winners will be announced Sunday at the end of the show.

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