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Arts in the Park Returns this Weekend

There will be over 400 artists setup near the Carillon from May 6th and 7th.

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There will be over 400 artists setup near the Carillon from May 6th and 7th. Arts in the Park is a nationally-rated, juried art show which offers the opportunity for you to see and purchase fine original work produced by top-quality artists and crafts people from Virginia and throughout the United States. The event is free to attend.

If you’d like a sneak peek at a fraction of the artists head over to Facebook.

The first Arts in the Park was held in 1972, the brainchild of early officers of the Carillon Civic Association (CCA): Frank and Kippy Gilbert, Richard and Carole Towell, Richard and Barbara Towell, and Bob and Pat Lovelace (pictured). The goal was to create an activity that would bring neighbors together and to showcase the lovely, newly integrated community. The first show was held inside the Carillon War Memorial, and as it grew larger and more successful over time, it was moved outside to the park grounds. Pat Lovelace served as co-director with Richard Towell for its first few years, and she then took the helm for over four decades—a remarkable labor of love.

Ultimately, the CCA-sponsored art show became a banner event for Richmond and Central Virginia, and it remains so to this day. Each year it is manned by dozens of volunteers from the Carillon neighborhood. Proceeds help support community programs and beautification, the city park system, public library, and school system, as well as grants to numerous non-profit charities and service organizations. A recent project was funding the Carillon playground.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.