Art in the Park postponed again

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The Walker County Arts Alliance's Art in the Park has once again been postponed.

Last year's Art in the Park, typically held in May, was canceled shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began.  

"Health and safety are a priority of the Walker County Arts Alliance. It has been decided by the festival committee to postpone the 2021 Art in the Park due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns. We will continue to evaluate public health progress with the possibility of holding the festival in the Fall of 2021," the nonprofit announced this week in an emailed newsletter.

Last year, refunds were issued to vendors who had already registered. Vendors could also choose to have their registration fee applied to the next Art in the Park.

Art in the Park is a juried art show that typically brings in approximately 80 artists from around the Southeast. Awards are given for first, second and third place in nine different categories and a Best of Show is also awarded.

It is usually held at Gamble Park, though the most recent Art in the Park held in 2019 was moved to Jasper Civic Center due to the threat of rain.

The 2020 Dinner Theater, "Murder at the Howard Johnson's," was initially postponed and then later canceled as well.

In lieu of its usual schedule of events, the Arts Alliance hosted its first virtual exhibit last fall, which was followed by holiday-themed virtual exhibit. A third virtual exhibit featuring the work of young artists is available now at www.wcart.org/artists-eye.

In-school art programs, which include music, Native American history and pottery, storytelling, visual arts and fitness, have continued on a limited basis. 

The Arts Alliance collaborated with the Walker County Board of Education and Scott Eric Day Photography to create a series of videos of local storyteller Billie Seales that could be shown to fourth and fifth graders in lieu of in-person visits.

Those videos, titled "Tales from Nanny Sides' Front Porch," were recently made available to the public on YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UCwQgZmR9lFCCL3su79JNoiQ.