Art in the Park Returning to Long Branch This Summer

Annual event will be held in West End Park on May 26

Art in the Park, a West End tradition for 15 years, will return this summer on Sunday, May 26.

The annual event will be held at West End Park in Long Branch from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Art in the Park is an art and crafts fair that emphasizes unique and original works by more than 50 artists from four states.

"The artists know it’s for real…we have people coming in from four states, and it would take more than a Superstorm for them to miss out on it," Event Coordinator Mare Akana said in a release. "If you’re looking for something really special for your home, this is a great opportunity to meet a real variety of artists, and talk to them about their work."

Event officials said last year's Art in the Park was "among the most successful ever," and featured hundreds of visitors.


This year's event will feature at least 10 first-time participants, including watercolorists Carol Bruno of Little Silver, Linné A. Grant of Atlantic Highlands and Irina Steinberg of Ocean Grove — as well as John McAllister of Asbury Park (jewelry),Ted Ricchiuti of Seaside Park (art glass and custom lamps), Mary Klawetter of Neptune (sculpture), and Gwen and Martin Wyman of Ringwood (photography).

The newcomers will be joining dozens of returning painters, sculptors, jewelry designers and photographers. The Paul Marino Band will also perform pop favorites on the city's new bandshell, which is expected to be completed by mid May.

Honors will be awarded in several categories including sculpture, photography and ceramics.

Those interested in displaying their art at this year's event must register by Saturday, May 18.

Full details on artist registration (including entry fee, locations and load-in time) and additional information on Art in the Park can be obtained by calling Akana at 732-542-1307.


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