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The 41st annual Art in the Park will be in Rockefeller Gardens on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5.
Thousands of people attended last year's event. This year, the event's display area is sold out with more than 100 participants, including artists and crafters, entertainment, food vendors and activities to please all visitors.
Art and crafts will be judged. In the fine arts category, a single award of $1,500 will be made for "Best in Show," which will be displayed at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum. Eight others, four fine artists and four crafters will receive a total of eight awards: First Place $400, Second Place $300, Merit Award $200 and Honorable Mention $100.
For the young artists, the event will feature a Kids' Craft Zone (free), which will be inside The Casements. Kids are invited to come and make a special gift for their mother for Mother's Day and they can also contribute to a mural. A caricature artist will also be inside with caricatures beginning at $5.
There will be arts to please everyone from acrylics to wood and everything in between. With Mother's Day only a week later on May 12, this is an opportunity to find unique and lasting gifts from among beautiful paintings, photographs and distinctive pieces of hand crafted work.
While shopping, strolling or dining, there will be a variety of musical entertainment. The Docs of Dixie, Brad Yates and Mo'Mentum will perform on Saturday, and on Sunday 2 Guys with Horns and Dan Allen will entertain.
Food vendors will offer an array of items to satisfy every appetite. Greg's Seafood and Bar-B-Que will have ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, shrimp, fish and fried food on the menu. Joe's Lemonade will serve a variety of lemonades plus salads, gyros and snacks. You can get Hershey's Ice Cream and, in addition to kettle corn, Holy Cow Kettle Corn will have a variety of other fun snacks.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. In addition, the Casements will be open for tours both days, providing an opportunity to see the historic building.
Free parking is available at The Casements and at Fortunato Park.
Rockefeller Gardens is at 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach.
For more information, call (386) 676-3241 or visit www.ormondbeach.org.