Art in the Park encourages young artists

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 7:15 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Young emerging artists are encouraged to embrace their artsy side through showcasing their talents at the 53rd annual Art in the Park, hosted by Columbia Art League.

Among the activities that await visitors at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday and Sunday is the "Emerging Artist Pavilion," which will exhibit artwork created by high school and undergraduate artists.

Children ages 5 to 14 will also have the opportunity to select a unique piece of artwork for their own in the “Young Collector’s Tent.” The artwork for this tent, a new addition to the festival, was made and donated by local artists, as well as artists throughout Missouri.

The “Young Collectors Tent” is meant to encourage kids to start their own art collections and make their own choices about which art pieces they like without the persuasive hand of their parents, said Diana Moxon, executive director of Columbia Art League.

The tent will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents must sign their child up in advance for a designated time slot at the tent entrance and pay a $5 fee. An escort will be present at the exhibit to guide the children, but parents are not allowed to enter the tent and can meet their child at the exit.

Other activities at the festival include musical performances by world-class trumpet player Dawn Weber and the Electro Funk Assembly, Hilary Scott and the New County Line, La Movida, Bill Thompson and JAM SESSION, Megan Boyer Band, and the Ironweed Bluegrass Band.

The entertainment lineup includes anti-conjuror Dan Sperry’s “Magic No Longer Sucks” show at 1:30 p.m Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sperry has appeared on America’s Got Talent, and this will be his second time performing at Art in the Park.

Local illusionist Jeff Copeland will also be performing at 11 a.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Copeland is also hosting the first Art in the Park “Magic Camp” which will teach simple magic tricks to children.

Art in the Park

Festival Dates:

Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Free at the Boone Hospital Center.

Shuttles will run from the Boone Hospital Center parking lot to the park entrance throughout the festival.

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