For 55 years, Art in the Park has graced a monthly Saturday from May through October in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town. The festival is in its second year on Park Avenue, an ideal location that intersects the town’s Main Street, allowing easy access to all of downtown Blowing Rock’s unique shops and restaurants.

2017 Saturday dates and featured artists are May 20: Tim Turner, clay; June 10: Courtney Tomchik, sculpture; July 15: Joanna White, fiber; August 12: Julie Simon, jewelry; September 9: Andy Costine, wood; October 7: Kue King, metal. For examples of work and links to featured artists’ web sites, go to blowingrock.com/artinthepark/featured-artists/.

“This year has been one of the most competitive in terms of the number of artists that applied to participate in Art in the Park. We are thrilled to present between 80 and 97 artists at each show, all of whom are at the top of their field. We are incredibly fortunate to have so much talent coming to us in beautiful Blowing Rock,” said Loni Miller, Art in the Park Director.

Sprinkled around Art in the Park Saturdays will be other events and activities that should please visitors who want to stay longer than the show’s 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours. There will be a free concert in the park at 4pm on each Sunday that follows the May through September shows.  For a listing of events, go to blowingrock.com/calendar/events.

Prices for objects at Art in the Park, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $10,000. Free parking is available nearby, along with frequent free trolley service from the Tanger Outlets and Food Lion.

Art in the Park is sponsored by Modern Automotive and is a Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce event. For more information, call 877.295.7851 or see www.blowingrock.com/artinthepark