Stage garners warm reception at Art in the Park

Saturday, June 7, 2008 | 5:04 p.m. CDT; updated 10:56 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Just outside the Artist Village on Saturday under a small blue tent stood this year’s new music venue: the Premier Bank Shady Tree Stage at Art in the Park. The tent, a few metal folding chairs, four rows of haystack seating and a tree were all that comprised the meager stage, but guests and artists alike came to enjoy the music. Event organizers hoped that the addition of the stage would give those coming to hear music and see the visual art the opportunity to experience both at the same time.