Art in the Park to feature more than 100 artists, food, entertainment

Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 8:38 p.m. CDT; updated 11:28 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 31, 2012

COLUMBIA — Summer kicks into high gear this weekend as the Columbia Art League presents the 54th annual Art in the Park at Stephens Lake Park.

Guests will have the opportunity to see, taste and experience the event as artists, food vendors and live entertainers share their talents with Columbia.  


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It’s like a small town in the park – a village of white tents, said Diana Moxon, executive director of the Columbia Art League. People can expect a special experience, she said.

Art in the Park will feature 110 artists from across the country who work in a variety of mediums. Art forms presented will include ceramics, fibers, glass, mixed media, drawings, prints, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculptures and woodwork.

The festival will also include an Emerging Artist Pavilion featuring art created by high school and undergraduate students in Boone County.

A variety of food will be available, including Jamaican cuisine, barbecue, sushi, wok-fried dishes, kettle corn, Italian ice, ice cream, fruit smoothies, fudge and homemade pasta.

Art in the Park runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday. Admission is free.


The event will include a range of entertainment throughout the weekend. Illusionists, rock musicians, bluegrass bands and entertainment for kids will be featured.


10 a.m.: Student musicians

11 a.m.: Jeff Copeland, illusionist 

Noon: Wild Cat Daddies, retro rock and roll trio

1 p.m.: Farmer Jason, children’s musician

2 p.m.: Losander, magician

3 p.m.: Jason Ringenberg, folk singer

4 p.m.: Ironweed Bluegrass Band


10 a.m.: TBA

11 a.m.: Jeff Copeland

Noon: Farmer Jason

1 p.m.: Violet Vonder Haar and the Undercurrents, folk band

2 p.m.: Losander

3 p.m.: Jason Ringenberg


Free parking will be available at Boone Hospital Center, 1600 E. Broadway, and free shuttles will run throughout the weekend from the Boone Hospital Center parking lot to Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E. Broadway.

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