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May 14, 2008 > Arts and Crafts in the Park

Arts and Crafts in the Park

By Arathi Satish and Mona Shah
Photos By Al Minard

This year, the annual celebration of artists and their works, "Art in the Park," has a new home, historic Shinn Park and a new name, "Arts and Crafts." This one-of-a-kind event combines art activities, performances, education, and music...a little something for everyone.

Local artists will be on hand to display and demonstrate their work for visitors. A high quality benchmark has been set for displays since the fine arts and crafts segment is juried, meaning that artists will be subject to intense scrutiny of their peers. Al Minard, coordinator of the event, remarked on the variety of artworks which will be shown. "The range is from oil painting, watercolor painting, to jewelry, wooden pen sets in holders, tile mosaic, wrought iron tables, graphite drawings, photography, toile painting, quilting, chair caning and music."

Arts and Crafts in the Park will feature only original artwork created by the exhibiting artist in a 10'x10' booth. Artists will demonstrate "Art in Action," historic crafters will be present and display quilting, chair caning, lace making and other practical art forms including a hands-on demonstration of dyed silk making. Several historical organizations will also be present to talk about their organizations. Music as a fine art will not be forgotten. Music for Minors will perform from noon to 1:30 p.m. and square dancing demonstrations will keep the toes tapping to a lively beat.

Gardens at Shinn Historical Park are in full bloom right now so a leisurely morning and afternoon in a beautiful setting with the splendor of the Victorian style Shinn House as a backdrop cannot be beat. The park and arboretum feature buildings and gardens that span three generations of ranch life. Shinn House was built in 1876 and features authentic antique furnishings and memorabilia as well as five acres of trees, rare plants and shrubs from around the world. Visitors can join a Shinn House tour (a small fee will be charged), tour the gardens and view silent films in Shinn Archive Room from Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. Hot dogs, popcorn, soda and water will be available.

Minard said, "We ask you to come out and enjoy this wonderful park, look at the art (and purchase it if you like), tour the house and enjoy the music and dancing. We ask only for you to have a great time at a wonderful park."

For more information, call Al Minard (510) 552-4839 or email or visit

The 7th Annual Art in the Park is sponsored by Fremont Cultural Arts Council, Fremont Art Association, Mission Peak Heritage Foundation and the Niles Art Walk.

7th Annual Art and Crafts in Shinn Park
Sunday, May 18
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shinn Park
1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
(510) 552-4839

Free Admission to the grounds
Historic Shinn House tours are $4 adults, $2.50 for children ages 5-12, Under 5 are free.

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