About a month ago, I told you about attending Nampa Festival of the Arts. It was the first time I had attended that event and while it was nice, it hasn't quite hit the level of Boise's version. This morning I went with my mother and my nephew Daniel to the mall where we caught the shuttle down to Julia Davis Park to check out Boise's annual Art In the Park.
Art In the Park is put on by the Boise Art Museum, and has been an annual event since 1954 and it has understandably grown and expanded over the years. I even have fond memories of attending back when I was was in my high school years. This year it featured 255 different artists (59 of which are from Idaho), not to mention all the food and beverage vendors.
What are Bob's Pickle Pops?
Wait, WHAT? I am almost too embarrassed to report this!! And NO I didn't try one.
Some of the artists are new to me, but some I have seen at the Saturday Market, others I remember seeing at Nampa Festival of the Arts, and then there are those I just remember from Art In the Park years ago. In fact this cheese plate, made from a flattened wine bottle, is my favorite item that I own from Art In The Park. It was a Christmas gift several years ago from Mom. Thanks Mom!!
Now, Art In the Park is large enough that they even use street signs.
There was also live music at the Bandshell, some of which was nice and some of which - well someone should have pulled the plug. I am just saying. (That is only my opinion, but I give them props for the effort.)
(The guy in the picture above actually sounded pretty good and I enjoyed his music.)
We wandered through the vendors and even made a stop in the Rose Garden to see the plaque my mom bought in honor of my father after he died in 1997. I miss him so much sometimes I can hardly breathe, and at the same time I am so thankful for my step-father whom I love and value beyond belief. *sigh* I love the Rose Garden.
The vendors varied greatly offering pottery, glass work, metal work, jewelry, clothing, wood work, painting, photography, herbs and seasonings, handmade soaps and candles, mosaics, and much more.
This is, I think, yard art. And I love moose.
These are painted turkey feathers. I find this incredible. Some people are so talented. Even if its not your style, you have to acknowledge the skill this takes!
These are some of my favorites. I love the picture with the red frame of the couple dancing.
I am a big fan of the old time advertisements, signs, marketing, (especially the old pin-up gals), etc. This booth had old-time/antique-ish signs, most of which were Idaho related.
Overall, Jill's Wild Tasteful Women booth, was my favorite. Prints, dishes and more. I love it.
Even the divine Lisa (my once former and now again current wax goddess - the best I have ever encountered) has one of these prints in her wax room. (More info on the incredible Lisa to come in the future.)
I hope you all enjoyed your Sunday!!