The annual Art in the Park festival has been running for nearly 40 years in Westminster, but fresh artists join the ranks every year.
This year, about one-third of the 58 artists are first-timers, said Susan Williamson, visual arts coordinator with the Carroll County Arts Council.
The main event for artists is a juried art show. The park next to Westminster City Hall on Emerald Lane transforms into a outdoor gallery where art lovers can purchase pieces and get to know the artists alongside their work.
The event will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend the free, outdoor event.
From stained glass to pottery to painting and metal work, the artists’ mediums cover a range of tastes.
In addition to the visual artists, a diverse roster of musicians will perform live throughout the day. Port Righ starts at 10 a.m., Henry Reiff plays at 11:30 a.m., Walt Michael and Co. take the stage at 1 p.m. and Christopher James rounds out the day at 2 p.m.
Food vendors will be on hand including barbecue, ice cream, locally roasted coffee, and pizza joining the lineup for the first time.
Younger arts and craft lovers can take part in craft activities and face painting.
The goal for this year is to “keep the tradition going,” Williamson said. May generally brings good weather, but “artists are pretty durable,” she said and often willing to let guests shelter under their tent in the case of a sudden rain squall.
I think it’s very special in that it’s small and that it’s all handmade. I think that’s our hallmark,” she said.
The event is sponsored by the City of Westminster, Carroll County Recreation & Parks Department, and Max Realty.
The park is at the intersections of Locust, Longwell and Key Streets in downtown Westminster, just 2 blocks northeast of the intersection of Maryland routes 32 and 27. Festival patrons are encouraged to park free in the parking garage adjacent to the park.