- May 7, 2017
Artists were not deterred as they endured a soggy Saturday morning kickoff to the 49th annual Art in the Park on May 6. As the rain dried, people began to arrive to enjoy a day of fine art, crafts, music and food truck fare.
The event is presented at Rockefeller Gardens by the city of Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens. In 2015, Sonja Johnson became the coordinator of the event but has assisted with the event since 2010.
“I love this event,” she said. “This is my baby. How can you be unhappy, it’s an art show.”
I love this event. This is my baby. How can you be unhappy, it’s an art show. - Sonja Johnson, Leisure Services Community Events Coordinator
Most of the artists and vendors return annually to participate in the show. This year, there were 92 booths, five musical acts—Stealing Vanity, Dan Allen, Traces of Gold, Love Conspiracy, Tie Dye Road and Jordan Redding— along with multiple food trucks. The kid zone was run by the Palette and Brush Club of the Halifax Area.
Potter Mike Nelson, who won Best of Show in the fine art category, retired in 2019 from teaching art to Volusia County middle schoolers after working for 10 years at Holly Hill School and 12 years at Creekside. He was awarded a check for $1,500 from the Best of Show sponsor, Mimi's Original Art.
“Now I just do what I want to do,” he said. “I used to do all kinds of utilitarian pottery. This stuff won’t make any money exactly, but it’s like showing a diversity of clay to people and just trying to show it doesn’t all have to be pretty.”
Ormond Beach resident Leann Alexander has been going to the show every year.
“Every year I go to all the art festivals,” she said. “I love them all. I love to make sure the people here get our money instead of the big fancy stores. You can get such special things here.”