50 years of Arts in the Park

PORT CLINTON Along the shores of Lake Erie, eight women gathered together to display their arts and crafts. Fast forwa
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

PORT CLINTON

Along the shores of Lake Erie, eight women gathered together to display their arts and crafts.

Fast forward 50 years and Arts in the Park has grown to more than 150 artists from Ohio and several other states.

Alice Holly Sr. was one of those eight women who were members of the Port Clinton Artists Club.

"It's kind of fun knowing we've been here there 50 years," Holly said. "It kind of makes me feel good about it."

The Port Clinton Artists Club started the arts festival at Lakeview Park in 1957, one year after organizing the club.

"We helped each other learn how to draw," Holly said. "We thought we had pretty good stuff so we brought them to the park to display. It was our first idea of a show. It worked out pretty good I guess."

Marilyn Barrick, chairwoman of the club, has been working all year to prepare for the golden anniversary.

"We're happy it's happening because...look at how long it's been?" Barrick said. "It's something to look forward to."

Artwork will be sold throughout the two-day festival this weekend and includes woodwork, metal craft, jewelry and ceramics.

"A lot of these artists are die hard artists. That's their life," Barrick said. "These are just men and women who love to draw. They're just good artists."

John Boyett, of North Canton, creates decorative and functional pieces from blown glass such as cup, mugs and bowls. His artwork has been featured at the festival for five years.

"I guess I'm surprised it's been going on for 50 years," Boyett said. "People are still coming out there. They're the ones really keeping it alive."

A new feature of the festival is "make and take" art, which children can create and take home.

"We're happy it's getting to be a good show," Holly said. "It's been fun all the way."