On October 5, 2023

Chaffee Art Center’s annual Art in the Park Festival: Celebrating creativity and community

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8—RUTLAND—The Chaffee Art Center is set to host its 62nd annual Art in the Park fall foliage festival on Oct. 7 and 8 at Rutland’s Main Street Park, located at the southwest corner of the intersection of routes 4 and 7. This highly anticipated event brings together juried fine artists, craftspeople, specialty food producers and a vibrant array of activities for all ages.

The festival promises a diverse showcase of handcrafted art and fine creations available for purchase. Art lovers will see an array of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, and photographs, capturing the essence of visual artistry. Craft enthusiasts will find keepsake-worthy treasures too. Again this year, Chaffee Bucks tokens will be given out randomly at the gates throughout both days and can be spent during the festival weekend at any booth in the park.

Food connoisseurs will be in for a treat with an array of delectable options from apple pie sundaes to cotton candy, kettle corn to kettle fudge and an enticing range of sweet delights. 

Live music will fill the air throughout both days, featuring talented artists like Caber Wilson, Dirty Red Hearts, James Cram, Breanna Elaine, and Jamie Snook.  In addition to the art and music, the festival offers a range of free kids’ activities as well as demonstrations.

Volunteers still needed

Volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring the success of the event. From set-up to assisting at the gates and tear-down, their dedication is invaluable. 

Those interested in lending a hand can reach out via email to info@chaffeeartcenter.org or call 802-775-0356.

Then & Now exhibit 

As part of the event, the Chaffee Art Center is hosting an exhibit titled “Then & Now.”  This special feature pays tribute to individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to their communities, Vermont, and beyond. Among the highlights are Ann Clark Ltd., PegTV (celebrating its 30th anniversary), and Vermont Country Store. 

The exhibit will run until Oct. 28.

For more information about Art in the Park or Chaffee exhibits, visit: chaffeeartcenter.org or email:  info@chaffeeartcenter.org or call:  802-775-0356.

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