May 27, 2018
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South Portland to host outdoor Art in the Park

By Kathleen Pierce, BDN Staff

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Nearly 200 artists are expected to prop up their canvasses under trees and in the grass on Saturday, Aug. 10, for the 34th Art in the Park.

The wide-ranging show at Mill Creek Park in South Portland is a survey of emerging and established art.

Pittsburgh artist Kathryn Carr will demonstrate the German artform of paper cutting, and Orono artist Kathy Pollard will display her birchbark-and-seagrass baskets. A wide range of media will be represented and artists travel from as far south as Florida and as north as Eastport for the al fresco exhibition.

“Between watercolors, oils and acrylics, abstract and seascapes, there is no telling,” said Mary Perry, this year’s Art in the Park chairwoman.

Though the free show is not juried, awards are given for best in show and photography. There is also a student art tent and enough to keep young, budding artists entertained. This year the city, which runs the event, is giving out backpacks for kids to color.

Some artists, such as landscape painters Shirley Lewis of Bath and Dudley Bostwick of Cape Elizabeth return every year to share their latest works.

“The artists love to chat with the guests, who make their way around the pond and the park,” said Perry.

Art in the Park started with 60 artists and has grown exponentially. Throughout the day there will be live music, from a jazz trio to acoustic guitar in the gazebo and food vendors selling everything from lobster rolls to lamb curry.

“It’s a good mix of entertainment, food, art; it’s kind of difficult for someone to walk away and not have a good time,” said Perry. “They only have to try it once to come back year after year.”

Art in the Park runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Mill Creek Park. The event is free. For information, visit

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