Art in Park coming this weekend to Whitmire

By Elyssa Parnell

August 18, 2014

WHITMIRE — Whitmire’s Economic Development board is calling all art connoisseurs this weekend to their inaugural Art in the Park held in Heritage Park from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The show will feature original crafts, art work and photography by artists in styles, sizes and prices to suit all tastes and budgets, according to board member Maria Mcmurtury.

“The beautiful park located in Newberry County provides a peaceful atmosphere to showcase the quality of the artwork, as well as food, music and fun for the kids combine to make Art in the Park a favorite summertime event for the whole family,” Mcmurtury said.

The idea for the event came from board member Jamala Kim Wallace. Mcmurtury said Wallace is focused in the area of arts, including antiques and suggested the event to the board. Wallace also suggested adding Christian music for entertainment.

So far, Mcmurtury said Melissa Thomas Stevens, Charles and Tammy Drew, and Tomeika Murphy have committed to entertain the crowd.

“We have reached out to several churches in the community but have not heard back from any of them so far,” she said.

Mcmurtury said the live music in the evening during the event will provide a toe-tapping background for the art, food and fun.

Peggy Brickles with Whitmire’s Pearl of the Piedmont Artisans Guild said they will be participating with items to sell.

Brickles said they will offer face-painting and will sell items including art on canvas, glassware, woodcarving and a variety of other artwork.

Mcmurtury said proceeds made by vendors such as the Guild will go directly to the sellers individually.

For the kids, Kids in the Park provides an opportunity to make art under the supervision of show day volunteers. Whitmire Community School has been asked to attend to showcase student artwork.

“We would like for all the schools in Newberry, Union, and Laurens County to be included next year,” Mcmurtury said. “We do not have enough outlets for our children to showcase their talents and would love to offer Art in the Park to them.”

Mcmurtury said Art in the Park will only young and old an opportunity to express their own talents, but appreciate what others in the community have done.

“Knowledge is something that one can only grow from and become a better person,” Mcmurtury said. “There are many career opportunities related to the arts fields and maybe a child will be inspired by something they see or learn at one of our events.”

Contact McMurtury at 537-6826 or by email at for more information.