Big turnout for local artists

POSTED: 02/11/13 2:22 PM

St. Maarten – Yesterday the 13th edition of Art in the Park was held at the Emilio Wilson Park. Despite the few rain drops that fell, the turnout for the event was big.

45 stands with local artists showing their own pieces of art to the visitors, such as handmade soap, jewelry, paintings, sculptures and many more to name.

“I can’t believe this event gets bigger and better every year,” Barbara Johnson, the organizer of the event said. “We started off thirteen years ago with ten stands of local artists, now we have over 40.”

Art in the Park turned out to be a family event over the years. Visitors bring their families to the park and spend the day with picnics and enjoy the local pieces of art at the same time.

The event is not only a stage for local artists to show their talent and creativity, it is also a fundraiser for the park itself. “We ask the visitors to pay $1 for parking and $1 for the entrance, all of it will go directly to the Emilio Wilson Park for the maintenance and preservation of it. As well as the fee the artists pay for their stands,” Johnson said.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams was present at the event to give her support to the local artists and to enjoy the local food and drinks that were on sale.

 

 

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