Art in the Park 2008

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The 11th Annual Art in the Park was held on Saturday, September 11th from 11am until 530pm. Artists’ Group of Charlestown, in cooperation with the Friends of City Square Park, organized 60+ fine artists and artisans to present their creative works and hand-crafted wares. City Square Park was bustling during the day long event which included new exhibitors as well as the familiar favorites. Twenty raffle prizes, generously donated by the exhibitors, were given to the community this year. Proceeds from the raffle help to support AGC events throughout the year.

South End artist Carol O’neill and Brookline artist Heleni Thayre were on asked to select nine exhibitors, and award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and six honorable mention ribbons. AGC artist Karla Quattrocchi was awarded 3rd place for her painting “Boat for Elijah”. Heleni Thayre commented, “her work shows a sureness of touch” and both were impressed with Karla’s “spontaneous exploration of forms.” Second Place was awarded to jeweler Tacey Luongo of Boston. The judges thought her work was “spectacular, showy, creative”, and had “genius of design”. First Place was awarded to a new exhibitor, Gary Kaplan, for his entire collection. A “variable forest” of turned wooden bowls “shows a consistent level of excellence and beautiful adaptation of forms.”

Honorable Mention awards were given to painter Margaret Burns, for a painting of City Square Park; artist Dick Emrich for an etching; Charlestown jeweler Andrea Garr; jeweler Emily Hirsch; new exhibitor Lisa Mackin, and Anne Pennington for a pair of knitted ruffled arm warmers.

Judge Carol O’neill commented “it is the spectator that finishes the work”. With that in mind The Artists’ Group of Charlestown wishes to thank the Charlestown community of residents and businesses who consistently show their support of this event and the AGC mission to bring visual arts to the community.

By Jeanne Finnerty

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