Art in the Park continues to raise funds for a local gallery

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The 2022 Art in the Park event is right around the corner, and you can stroll for two days among the hundreds of artisan stalls and vendors in the shade of Howard Amon Park in Richland.

This is the 71st year of one of the Northwest’s largest annual summer art shows.

The show is Friday July 29 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday July 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The free event will feature over 250 vendors, food trucks, live music and more.

This year’s vendors will offer a variety of artwork, ranging from pottery, jewelry, glass and metal to textile arts, photography and 3D pieces, said event director Brandie Saint Claire.

“Anything that you as an individual consider art will be present at the event,” she said. “So it doesn’t just have the look and element of art, it also has this organic feeling of a creative space.”

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Consuelo Soto Murphy painted at Richland’s Art in the Park exhibition last year. Cameron Probert Tri-City Herald.

Among the items for sale with a unique twist of Tri-Cities will be quartz bells from the historic N reactor at the Hanford nuclear reserve that have been turned into candles and nightlights, some of which glow blue in the dark.

The bells were purchased by Ray Law, a retired Hanford worker who says he enjoys tinkering and inventing, using surplus sales of contamination-free Hanford construction site equipment.

Glass bells were once used to insulate the soldering of the tips of nuclear fuel elements.

In addition to artwork available for sale, food vendors will include Transient Coffee Company, Sweet Snack Attack and more.

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The 71st annual Art in the Park returns to Richland this weekend with hundreds of vendors. Case Tri-City Herald

And the Richland Rod and Gun Club and Columbia Basin Fly Casters will be back for their 37th year of serving their popular alder-cooked Yukon River salmon fillets near the “nail” stage. Dinners are $16 and salmon sandwiches are $8.

Proceeds support activities such as the Children’s Fishing Day, the Salmon in the Classroom program and the installation of guzzlers to provide water for wildlife in the arid region of Mid-Columbia.

Live entertainment is provided on Friday and Saturday mornings by the steel drum group Bram Brata.

Barefoot Randy will perform at 4:30 p.m. and Chainsaw! and the Fine Particulates will be on stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.

A lineup of performances is planned for Saturday, including the Rude Mechanicals, Mid-Columbia Ballet and more.

More information about the Art in the Park event can be found at Gallery on the park site.

For 71 years, Art in the Park has been a fundraiser for the Allied Arts Association and Gallery at the Park, Saint-Claire said.

Allied Arts is a non-profit organization that promotes art, arts education and scholarship and more within the community. And the annual event is the main fundraiser for the group’s gallery in the park at Howard Amon Park.

Free shuttles to the park

Art in the Park is sponsored by several local organizations, including STCU and Ben Franklin Transit, which provides free shuttles to and from the event.

Shuttles run every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday to Howard Amon Park from the Richland High School parking lot off Thayer Drive.

Stops will be made at the Knight Street Transit Center, across from Greenies at George Washington Way and Lee Boulevard and John Dam Plaza.

All donations for the rides will benefit Communities in Benton-Franklin Schools and SARC.

Kiwanis Richland Breakfast

Kiwanis Club of Richland will host its annual fundraising pancake breakfast at Jefferson Park in Richland to coincide with Art in the Park.

Normally the club hosts breakfast for Cool Desert Nights. Since the event, now called Speedfest, moved to West Richland this year, the club decided to schedule it for Art in the Park Saturday instead.

Breakfast is open to all and is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 30 at the Jefferson Park Gazebo near George Washington Way and Symons Street.

All-you-can-eat breakfast is $7 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 6-11, and free for kids ages 5 and under.

This story was originally published July 26, 2022 11:34 a.m.

Alexandria Osborne is a reporting intern from Kennewick, WA. She is pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in creative writing at Washington State University Pullman.

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