Arts Alliance gearing up for 10th AIP event
by JENNIFER COHRON
May 07, 2013 | 1258 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Birmingham artist Sean Sanderson was named Best in Show at the 2012 Art in the Park. Sanderson poses with Walker County Arts Alliance members Melanie Poole and Lynn Mishkel at last year’s event. – Photo Special to the Eagle.
Birmingham artist Sean Sanderson was named Best in Show at the 2012 Art in the Park. Sanderson poses with Walker County Arts Alliance members Melanie Poole and Lynn Mishkel at last year’s event. – Photo Special to the Eagle.
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There will be new faces and familiar favorites at the Walker County Arts Alliance’s 10th annual Art in the Park this Saturday.

“The event is made possible by support from the community, our many volunteers, our devoted membership, board of directors and also the sponsors. We have several new sponsors and several who’ve been with us every year. We really appreciate all the support we receive,” said Beth Sargent, executive coordinator of WCAA.

More than 65 artists from across the state and Southeast are expected to participate.

The juried show will include awards in nine categories: fine 2-D art, sculpture/fine 3-D art, pottery/ceramics/glass, woodwork, textiles, jewelry, mixed media, photography and miscellaneous.

A People’s Choice and Best in Show will also be selected.

Birmingham Artist Sean Sanderson was awarded Best in Show in 2012 for his piece made out of license plates.

“Everyone has a story or a memory associated with an automobile. The old license plates have traveled down a lot of dusty roads and indirectly been part of a lot of people’s lives,” Sanderson said.

Sanderson’s work will be featured in this year’s commemorative Art in the Park T-shirt.

The 2013 AIP committee has also added several new features to the Arts Alliance’s most recognizable activity.

Entries from an art contest open exclusively to Walker High School students will be on display that day.

Local singers/songwriters will be performing in a new entertainment area. Rick and Jilda Watson, The Spook House Saints, Skip Cochran, Joe Greg Winsett and Michael Cannon are among those scheduled to perform.

The Birmingham Children’s Theatre will be back and thrilling audiences of all ages with their presentation of “Three Little Kittens” at 10 a.m.

For the first time, children will be able to meet the actors and watch them transform into their characters in a sneak preview at 9:30 a.m.

Other performers will include Westwood Ballet & Irish Dance, second grade students from WCAA’s in-school music program, Walker County Youth Zumba, Jasper Elite and Athletic Arts Center.

The children’s activity area will also feature free facepainting, crafts and take-home projects for kids.

Concessions will be provided by Johnny Brusco’s, Q & A Concessions’ BBQ and Ken Waits’ Kettle Korn.

Art in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Gamble Park.