Arts, Dining & Entertainment, Events & Activities

Chaffee Art Center to host 60th annual Art in the Park summer festival

Aug. 14-15 —RUTLAND — Chaffee Art Center’s 60th annual Art in the Park Summer Festival will take place Aug. 14-15 in Rutland’s Main Street Park at the corner of West St. and Route 7. Juried fine artists, craftspeople, and specialty food producers will be featured. Rounding out the festival are food vendors, live music, and demonstrations of works in progress held throughout the weekend. The event will be held on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A voluntary donation is appreciated. Vermont Covid-19 guidelines that are in place at the time of our event will be followed.

We invite everyone to visit this fun event.  Attendees will enjoy the variety of unique handcrafts and fine art that will be on exhibit and available for purchase at the outdoor festival. The visual arts are represented by a selection of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, and photographs. A full array of crafts will be featured such as fiber items including shawls, scarves, wraps, quilted items, children’s wearables, as well as, hand painted glass wear and stained glass, jewelry, metal garden ornaments, wooden furniture, bowls, lamps, cutting boards and mirrors, aromatherapy and herbal products, hand lettered cards, prints, apparel, stickers, and more!

Food concessions, including Yellow Deli and Rollin’ Rooster, will sell their delicious food both days. Also, for the sweet tooth there will be shaved ice, cotton candy, ice cream and baked goods.

Live music will be performed all day on Saturday and Sunday featuring Allison Fay Brown, Moose Crossing, Melissa D., and Phil Henry, along with other musical groups.

Back again this year are Chaffee Bucks. Entry into the drawings are free to attendees, and will be held hourly throughout each day under the main tent in the center of the park. Winners can spend the Chaffee Bucks during the festival weekend at any booth in the park.

Volunteers are needed to help during the event from set-up on Friday to gate admission on Saturday and Sunday.  Please send an email to [email protected] to sign up, or call 802-775-0356.

Art in the Park is Vermont’s oldest continuing arts tradition, and the Chaffee Art Center’s major fund-raising event, occurring twice yearly in mid-summer and autumn.  The festival is sponsored by Price Chopper, Killington LTD and Rutland Regional Medical Center. In-kind sponsors include  Casella Waste Management, Rutland Recreation & Parks Dept., Hull Maynard Hersey Insurance, and Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum.

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