Festival in the Park | Arts & Culture

Everyone has heard the phrase, “Paris is always a good idea.” I also like to say, “Art is always a good idea.” This Saturday, despite the recent tensions in our city, we decided to head towards uptown CLT to Freedom Park for the Festival in the Park.

This photo was taken by my sister, Ashley Jenkins who was in town for the weekend.
This photo was taken by my sister, Ashley Jenkins who was in town for the weekend.

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Some of the park ducks just hanging out.
Some of the park ducks just hanging out.

While we were there mostly to see the art, there were booths for everything from jewelry, soap and candles, and even one with the most beautiful bonsai trees.

A view of one of the bridges in Freedom Park.
A view of one of the bridges in Freedom Park.

We decided to get there early in the morning, as the day was promising to be quite a toasty one. (No one told the Carolina’s that it’s Fall now!) While there many locals out enjoying the day, we were grateful for the moments of shade and the fact that an air conditioned shuttle would bring us back to our car.

Loving the whimsy...
Loving the whimsy…
The artists husband hand carves the frames...
The artists husband hand carves the frames…
Owl be watching you.
Owl be watching you.

Although there were designated areas for the food trucks, we found a few sprinkled in amongst the different booths.

This pizza truck was across from the bridge that our shuttled dropped us off at.
This pizza truck was across from the bridge that our shuttled dropped us off at.
Someday I'll be brave enough to try some Korean food!
Someday I’ll be brave enough to try some Korean food!
More unique art.
More unique art.
All the bright colors.
All the bright colors.
Whimsy flowers.
Whimsy flowers.
Can you see the bubbles...
Can you see the bubbles…
Bonsai!
Bonsai!
So happy to meet Kendra Biard Runnels in person!
So happy to meet Kendra Runnels in person!
I love how she uses pages of 'vintage' books in her mix media paintings... Just another layer of uniqueness.
I love how she uses pages of ‘vintage’ books in her mix media paintings… Just another layer of uniqueness.
Girl waiting on the train...
Girl waiting on the train…
One half of a large piece I would have loved to have.
One half of a large piece I would have loved to have.
This cutie came home with me.
This cutie came home with me.

For those of you who haven’t read my interview with Kendra from earlier this year, you can check it out here.

This fun piece was at another of the many artsy booths in the park.
This fun piece was at another of the many artsy booths in the park.
Walking over the bridge and had to snap a pic...
Walking over the bridge and had to snap a pic…

~theavidpen

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