The 2022 Art in the Park event is upon us when you can spend two days wandering among the hundreds of craft and vendor stalls in the shadow of Richland’s Howard Amon Park.
This is the 71st year for one of the Northwest’s largest annual summer art exhibitions.
The show is Friday, July 29 from 9am to 8pm and Saturday, July 30 from 9am to 7pm
The free event features over 250 vendors, food trucks, live music and more.
This year’s vendors will feature a variety of artworks, from pottery, jewelry, glass and metalwork to fiber art, photography and 3-D 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 not only has the high artistic aspect and element, but also the organic feel of a maker space.”
Items for sale with a unique Tri-Cities twist include quartz bells from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s historic N-Reactor that have been transformed into candles and nightlights, including some that glow blue in the dark.
The bell jars were purchased free of any contamination from surplus sales of Hanford site equipment by Ray Law, a retired Hanford worker who says he enjoys tinkering and inventing.
The bell jars were once used to insulate the soldering of the end caps on nuclear fuel elements.
In addition to the artwork for sale, food vendors include the Transient Coffee Company, Sweet Snack Attack, and more.
And the Richland Rod and Gun Club and Columbia Basin Fly Casters will be back for their 37th year, serving their popular alder-cooked Yukon River salmon fillets near the “Finger Nail” stage. Dinner is $16 and salmon sandwiches are $8.
Proceeds support activities such as Kids Fishing Day, the Salmon in the Classroom program and installing water feeders to provide water to wildlife in the arid Mid-Columbia region.
Live entertainment is scheduled on both Friday and Saturday mornings by steel drum band Bram Brata.
Barefoot Randy will perform at 4:30 p.m. and Chainsaw! and the Fine Particulates will be on stage Friday night at 6:30pm.
A number of performances are planned for Saturday, including the Rude Mechanicals, Mid-Columbia Ballet and more.
For more information about the Art in the Park event, see the gallery on the park’s website.
For 71 years, Art in the Park has been a fundraiser for the Allied Arts Association and the Gallery at the Park, Saint-Claire said.
Allied Arts is a nonprofit organization that promotes arts, arts education, grants and more within the community. And the annual event is the premier fundraiser for the group’s Gallery in the Park at Howard Amon Park.
Free park shuttles
Art in the Park is sponsored by several local organizations, including STCU and Ben Franklin Transit, who provide 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 on Thayer Drive.
Stops are made at the Knight Street Transit Center, across from Greenies on George Washington Way and Lee Boulevard and John Dam Plaza.
All donations for the rides benefit the communities at Schools Benton-Franklin and SARC.
Kiwanis Richland Breakfast
Richland The Kiwanis Club hosts its annual fundraiser pancake breakfast at Richland’s Jefferson Park to coincide with Art in the Park.
Usually the club hosts the breakfast for Cool Desert Nights. With the event, now called Speedfest, being moved to West Richland this year, the club decided to host it for the Saturday of Art in the Park instead.
Breakfast is open to all and will be held on July 30th from 7am to 11am at the Jefferson Park Gazebo near George Washington Way and Symons Street.
All-you-can-eat breakfast is $7 for ages 12 and older, $5 for children 6-11, and free for children under 5.
This story was originally published Jul 26, 2022 11:34 am.