Art in the Park draws a crowd to Martin Luther King Jr. Park
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BY DEBBIE PAGE
Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the arts on Saturday at the Art in the Park event, enjoying a beautiful and cool June day. Artists displayed a variety of creations, including crochet pieces, repurposed recyclables, paintings, pottery, hand tie-dyed shirts, and industrial designs on winding trails around the lake at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
The crowd also enjoyed a variety of food trucks and treat vendors as they listened to musical groups throughout the afternoon. The Carolina Soul Band had listeners grooving to Motown in the amphitheater, followed by Orquestra Gardel, a high-energy, original salsa and timba group from Durham.
In the pavilion, the Gardenia Jazz Quartet performed some tunes, followed by the bluesy Wicker and Jones duo and the versatile style of the Statesville’s Broad Pickups. Iredell Rhythm Experience beat the drums alongside on the northern edge of the pond.
Folks also enjoyed an early morning yoga session, a chalk art contest, and kids art zone.The kids also enjoyed creating their own pieces in interactive art demonstration areas, playing on the playground equipment, and just watching the ducks waddle about.
Local craft breweries provided taps of their popular beers for adults to enjoy as they browsed through the exhibits.
The event, designed to showcase local artists and musicians, is the result of a partnership between the City of Statesville Recreation & Parks Department, the Iredell Arts Council, and the Iredell Museums.