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Art In The Park Event Held

George Washington Carver National Monument

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On Saturday, April 27th, the park hosted its annual “Art in the Park” event. It celebrates Carver’s lifelong love of art, which started on the Moses Carver farm. He was inspired by the natural environment and gained a sense of serenity and person rejuvenation from his artistic work.

Despite the rainy conditions and cooler temperatures (the event was moved inside), approximately 200 visitors attended and participated in various art workshops, which included  pastels, nature frames, clay, silk painting, and gouache watercolors. The “budding artists” section featured natural dyes, painting color swatches, rock painting and other children activities.

Missouri artist and author, Lowell Davis was the special guest and presented a talk on his work. Mr. Davis has been referred to as the “Norman Rockwell of Rural Art,” and his painting reflect this style. His work as an artist has included cartoons, paintings, sculptures, publications, and illustrations.

Park rangers also presented the program, “Expressions of the Soul,” feathering Carver’s artistic creations including some of original artwork on display in the museum.

“Art in the Park” is designed to connect people to their local national parks. A Call to Action Strategic Plan charts a path towards the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service and one action concept, Arts Afire, expanded the meaning of parks to new audiences through the visual arts.


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