Artists say goodbye to 56th annual Art in the Park

Sunday, June 8, 2014 | 8:12 p.m. CDT; updated 11:12 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 9, 2014
Wendy Sollod, polymer clay artist from Boulder, Colo., is attracted to color and texture when she creates her pieces. She makes jewelry and masks, and she came to Columbia for friends. The Art in the Park festival is the first time she has displayed her artwork in Columbia.

COLUMBIA — The head of a topiary lion was taken off and then its body parts. The leafy animals that brought Stephens Lake Park to life all weekend during the Art in the Park art show were slowly being disassembled. Chuck Bay, who was dripping with sweat, and his employees took apart the animal-shaped topiaries and packed them onto a yellow truck.

His store, Wilson's Garden Center, has displayed topiaries at Art in the Park for about six or seven years. He said his topiary sales received a bump after each year's art show.

"It's good exposure for our business," he said.

The 56th annual Art in the Park ended Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere, vendors made their final sales.

Reinhard and Sujatha Herzog carefully wrapped their blown glass products with newspaper and put them in paper boxes.

Jim McKibben bought an orb embedded with colorful glass strings at the Herzogs' booth for $20. The orb portrays the Big Bang.

"It's all delicately held together," he said. "It's fantastic."

That orb took Reinhard Herzog 45 minutes to create. He has been blowing glass for 51 years.

Reinhard Herzog came to Missouri from Germany, where he learned to blow glass by making laboratory glassware. He then started to play with the glassby adding color and decoration to transform them into artistic works.

Sujatha first met him when he had a show in St. Louis. She has since assisted him for 12 years; they now have a studio in St. Louis.

This was Reinhard and Sujatha Herzog's fifth year at Art in the Park.

"It's one of our favorite shows," Sujatha Herzog said. "Absolutely," Reinhard Herzog added, taking a blown glass item  off the rack.

"Every year has been a good year here for us," Sujatha said. "We love this."

Supervising editor is Mary Ryan.

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