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BAM’s Art in the Park 2014

Art in the Park: 60 years of local art, food, and entertainment.

It's baaaaaaaack! Art in the Park, which is hosted by Boise Art Museum, is back again for its annual appearance, this time to mark a major milestone: 60 years! Located in beautiful Julia Davis Park, over 200 artists will gather to showcase and sell their artworks which range from pottery to paintings to glasswork, metalwork, jewelry, toys, soaps, and many other crafts. Not only do people get to leisurely peruse these booths, but they get to do this while being entertained by live performances and eating delicious local foods. Oh and did I mention it is free?!

There truly is something for everyone here, including children, who have the option to get creative in the Children's Art Tent and create art just like the professionals. Even for those people who do not have money to spend, there is live music throughout the three-day event including Jazz in the Garden from 6:30pm-9:00pm on Saturday, September 6.

I have always looked forward to this event and have been attending it with my family ever since I was a young child. There are just too many cool artists and booths to see. One of my favorite booths is the one with the silver spoon and fork jewelry. These unique accessories are created out of antique silver utensils and made into beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Although a little pricey, these statement pieces are worth the price and also make great gifts. Another of my favorite booths contains the sand-filled toy reptiles. Yes, I am 25 years old, and yes, I still have to buy one of these cute creatures every time I attend this event.

Art in the Park reminds me of my childhood so much and makes me feel like a kid all over again which is one of the many reasons why I cannot miss a single year. Among these different booths are many others including glass bottles melted down and turned into wall art, handmade soaps and candles, copper and brass rings and bracelets, pottery vases, abstract paintings, and many more.

If art does not interest you I know something that will: food. If you missed the fair or did not get enough of the bad-for-you-but-oh-so-delicious food, well you get another chance. Here are some of the food vendors that will be there and some of my personal favorites: Boise Fry Company, Calle 75 Street Tacos, Crepe Tyme, Pronto Pup, Delsa's Ice Cream, Idaho Five Star Funnel Cakes, Idaho Ice Cream Potato, TCBY, Tiki's Shaved Ice, and Wild Wild Best Kettle Korn. Although these are a lot of different vendors to hit in the span of three days, an ice cream potato is a MUST. No, it is not a real potato, but trust me, you need to get one and do not plan on sharing.

Regardless what your plans are this weekend, make time for Art in the Park and enjoy the natural and handmade beauty of what Boise has to offer. Even if browsing arts and crafts booths is not your thing, find some friends, bring them down to Julia Davis Park to grab some food and relax while you enjoy the live entertainment.

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