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May 6, 2009 > Art in the Park

Art in the Park

Submitted By Margaret Thornberry

The 8th Annual Art in the Park will be held in the Shinn Historical Park and Arboretum on Sunday, May 17, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This unique event, sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council, Mission Peak Heritage Foundation, the Fremont Art Association, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and Dale Hardware, highlights art, education and music in a genteel country setting.

Admission to the beautiful Shinn Historical Park gardens is free to the public. Over 40 local artists and historic crafts people will display, demonstrate and sell their original work in the garden area, including not only paintings in acrylics, oils, inks and watercolors, but ceramics, handcrafted jewelry, sculptures, photography, quilts, and more. Artists will demonstrate "Art in Action" and historic crafters will present and display quilting, chair caning, lace making and other practical art forms. There will be belly dancers, music from Music for Minors II, and the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum will be showing silent movies, many of them filmed in Fremont's Niles district, in the Archive Room of the Shinn House. Other local historical organizations will challenge visitors to identify an object.

Visitors may also wish to join a moderately priced tour of the Shinn House, in order to view the antique furnishings and memorabilia of this historic Victorian, built in 1876, and spanning 3 generations of ranch life. Al Minard, event organizer, said, "All of the artists are local to the area and have beautiful pieces of arts and crafts for sale that will benefit the local community. Proceeds from the sale of food, drinks and historic Shinn House tours will go toward preservation of Shinn Park and other historic sites in Fremont."

Margaret Thornberry, President, Fremont Cultural Arts Council, pointed out, "This event is the best entertainment bargain in town! Free admission to stroll through the gardens of a lovely historic home, viewing beautiful pieces of art by local artists, seeing craftsmen demonstrating their work, dancing groups, silent movies and so much more. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy under the shade of mature trees and tour the Shinn house, one of the top 'hidden gems' of Fremont, for less than the price of a latte and croissant."

Admission to the grounds is free. There is no charge for enjoying the art, music, dancing or viewing. Hot dogs, popcorn, soda and water will be very reasonably priced. Historical Shinn House tours are $5 adults, $2.50 for children age 5-12 and free for children below 5. A family of four can become annual members for $10 and can tour the Shinn House free.

Art and Crafts in Shinn Park
Sunday, May 17
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shinn Park
1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
(510) 552 - 4839
Alminard @comcast.net
www.fremontculturalartscouncil.org.

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