Winners of first 2014 Art in the Park chosen
By Jeff Eason
Unusually chilly temperatures for mid-May did little to deter artists and art lovers from attending Blowing Rock’s first 2014 Art in the Park session on Saturday. More than 80 artisan booths were set up and crowds of people came to browse and purchase all kinds of unique items. Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce hosts Art in the Park once a month from May through October as a juried art exhibit and awards prizes to the best artists each month. For May, Dan Williams of Dalton, Georgia won the Award of Excellence for his handmade musical instruments called “Woodrows,” a sort of cross between a dulcimer and a mandolin. Asheville-based jewelry maker and metal-smith Julie Merrill won the Award of Distinction. The Honorable Mention winners were Vicki Love, a jewelry maker from Knoxville, and Myron Whitaker, a raku pottery artist from Winston-Salem. Next month’s Art in the Park is scheduled for June 14. For more information, call the chamber of commerce at (828) 295-7851.