Something for everyone at Havre de Grace Art Show this weekend
By Rachel Steffan
Aug 14, 2019 | 3:47 PM
The Havre de Grace Art Show is going strong in its 56th consecutive year.
This juried art show highlights quality work by artists, makers and craftspeople exhibiting and selling original work. Fine arts and handmade crafts available will range from watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, drawing, printmaking to fiber work, floral, glass, jewelry, soap, metal work, photography, pottery, basketry, ceramics, sculpture, and woodworking.
This year’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in Tydings Memorial Park in Havre de Grace.
Molly Sims, an oil painter originally from Washington State and an avid outdoors person, lives in Marriottsville. Inspired by her upbringing in the Northwest, Sims is a classical realist who paints wildlife and scenes from nature.
This will be her fourth year showing her work at the Havre de Grace Art Show and it is one of her favorites.
“The people are really nice and I just enjoy being there,” Sims said. “I am successful at this show and it’s a really pretty location.”
Tydings Park in historic Havre de Grace has been the site of the art show since its inception by the late Dr. Gunter Hirsch in 1963. This admission free event overlooks the picturesque Susquehanna River and headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. Soroptimist International of Havre de Grace holds this event annually and it is an all volunteer run fundraiser for local scholarships and community service projects.
Sims appreciates the fact that this art show brings in a diverse crowd of artists.
“There are so many different types of work — glass, shells, bird houses made from gourds, oil painters, and so many other things,” she said.
The art show is well known for inspiring and encouraging young artists, some of who, in adulthood have continued to become working professional artists.
This year there are approximately seven student artists.
Charlie Slentz, 12, a Perryman resident, was 6 years old when he started showing his work in the art show. He comes from a family of artists and enjoys color and working with a variety of materials including a recent interest in sculpture.
The Havre de Grace Art Show is presented by Soroptimist International of Havre de Grace, a non-profit organization. They will hold a raffle and poster sales available at the Soroptimist canopy adjacent to the gazebo.
The 2019 commemorative poster, features a colored pencil rendering of local landmarks by artist Shawn Forton, who will be exhibiting and selling his work and will be available to sign posters at the space next to the Soroptimist canopy.
The event will include live entertainment, featuring an array of genres, and headlining Saturday evening is The Dave Mark Band. The kids’ tent will include face painting, craft workshops, balloons, fire truck display, police dog demonstration and a kids safety clinic led by the Havre de Grace Police Department.
The Havre de Grace Art Show is sponsored by Havre de Grace Magazine, program advertisers and supported in part by a tourism grant from Harford County Economic Development.