Arts in the Park brings a variety of mediums to Marion

Jul 8, 2023

MARION — Residents from across the Tri-Town filled their bags with homemade goods created by local artists during the Marion Art Center’s annual Arts in the Park event on Saturday, July 8.

From blown glass sculptures to seaside landscape paintings, artists of the Arts in the Park event had items to suit a variety of tastes.

“This event is such a hit,” said Marion Art Center Executive Director Jodi Stevens. “The artists are quite happy because they made a lot of sales.”

The outdoor artisan market attracted artists and crafters from the Tri-Town, New Bedford, Fairhaven and other surrounding towns. 

“We try to have a good representation of different mediums,” said Stevens. 

Artistic mediums highlighted during the event included wood working, fiber and knit crafts, and ceramic. 

Glassblower and artist Christina Altieri of Marion offered vases of hand blown glass and ceramic.

“I saw it, it was glowing and dripping like honey off a stick,” said Altieri referring to the first time she tried glass blowing.

Altieri said that her creations, such as her hand blown flowers, take inspiration from nature and the elements. 

“It's like this gooey amazingness when water, fire and earth come together,” she said.

Kim Barry of Mattapoisett displayed her ceramic tiles and oil paintings in Bicentennial Park for patrons to enjoy. 

Being the owner of Clay Trout Pottery in Mattapoisett and member of Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford, Barry said that she uses “a different mindset” while painting versus creating ceramic tiles. 

“I love throwing pots and making tile but I have focused my pot and tile making to be a business,” she said adding that she often takes into consideration when making ceramic pieces what designs would look best paired with plants. “But with painting I just paint for myself and people seem to like it.”

Kelly Stuck of New Hampshire uses a variety of types of colored pencils to make her pet portraits and animal prints. 

Instead of creating a background for her animal images, Stuck sticks to using a white background to make her animal subjects pop.

Stuck said that she enjoys capturing an animal’s personality, especially farm animals.

“All the farm animals are peeking over [the canvas] looking for food because that’s how they always are,” she said.