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Hart Park hosts Art 'n the Park Fest

Event will feature folk music, quilt show, art collections and more

Posted: August 14, 2009 7:53 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2009 8:00 a.m.
Local residents will shindig to folk music and learn the techniques of the quilting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at William S. Hart Park's inaugural Art 'n the Park Fest.

"It's an intimate art in the park affair," said Albert L. Ewing, recreation services leader for the park. "We're going to have an eclectic collection of visual and three-dimensional artists."

The Fest, which will be the park's first, will feature several modes of art, entertainment and interaction.

"We have a very large quilt show in Hart Hall by the Santa Clarita Valley Quilters Guild, and that anchors everything," Ewing said.

"Behind Hart Hall, we have a performance arena with what I call humorous and country folk singers."

Singer-songwriter Trish Lester and modern folk singer Joan Enguita will perform. Anyone can attend the quilting shows, and children can participate in a sewing center.

The Santa Clarita Valley Artists Association will feature art booths, and the Santa Clarita Valley Antique Auto Club will display a small collection of cars.

Several artists will join Ewing for the "My American Flag" display.

"I've got a small collection of what I call subjective and objective American flags; it's kind of a pop and abstract art collection," Ewing said.

And for the taste buds, specialty food vendors with light treats such as cakes and coffee will be on site.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the park's recently refurbished $2 million barnyard, including the new cow, Norman, named for a bovine character in the movie "City Slickers."

"Any time you come to Hart Park it's an opportunity to experience the William S. Hart experience," Ewing said. "You got Heritage Junction next door with their displays, you got our museums, the ranch house and the museum itself."

"Now we've thrown in an Art 'n the Park affair which we're setting in motion," he added.

Hart Park is located at 24151 Newhall Ave. in Newhall. For more information, call Ewing at (661) 259-1750.


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