GRIFFITH | the 39th annual A Park Full of Art aims to shine a spotlight on artistic creativity in an open air art gallery setting this weekend.
More than 70 artisans from throughout the country will display their original works at booths in Griffith’s Central Park, 600 North Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“This is a juried show. The original work done by the artists goes before a committee, who decides if it qualifies for A Park Full of Art,” said Charles Ricks, chairman for 38 of the event’s 39 years and a retired art teacher from Griffith High School.
Eight categories are open to the artists: oil painting, painting done in acrylics, water color paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewelry and crafts.
“It is well-diversified,” Ricks said, adding that about 80 percent of the artists setting up booths this year have shown and sold their work previously at the fine arts fair.
A Park Full of Art traditionally draws between 5,000 and 10,000 people annually, he said.
Concession stands will sell refreshments such as hot dogs and beverages, and Central Park’s amenities provide spaces for people of all ages to enjoy the event, Ricks said.
A Park Full of Art, now a nonprofit organization, was started in 1974 by the Griffith Park Board. The group uses the funds collected from artists and concession stand businesses to award $1,500 college scholarships for Griffith High School students to further their art education.