Inspiration is everywhere in the annual Art in the Park festival at Somers Point Local news

SUZANA MARINO for the press

SOMERS POINT – Henri Mathis once said: “Creativity requires courage. Creativity aired throughout Kennedy Park on Saturday; the Somers Point Arts Committee took care of that.

The children played games, painted on a giant canvas, made imaginary swords and castles out of discarded cardboard, and participated in an art show with clothes ropes during the commission’s annual art park.

Students from the Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts entertained the multitude of the annual event, which the Arts Commission defines as a celebration of creative talent and summer recreation.

The artists set up their stands to share their creations and hopefully sell some as well. Many were veterans of previous Art in the Park events, but for others, such as Sharon Schmid and Susan Pisa, it was their first show.

Pisa, a retired chemist from Whiting, Ocean County, planned to go to the beach and paint when he retired. She followed her plans and said she liked it. She said that her favorite song “Living My Sunset Years” is exactly what she does, and her art makes her feel free and creative.

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Pisa works with acrylic, but the artists transfer their art to Kennedy Park in different environments. Alexis Flack’s work is inspired by nature. She creates art using cross-cut sections of fallen trees. “The rings of a tree are like a fingerprint; each has its own characteristics. She uses a torch to seal the tree and remove its individual rings. Flack also runs nature-inspired workshops through his Wild Grown Art Studio. She and Shana Kestrel, also from Somers Point, will be collaborating on a show this fall at Nashville North Studio in Linwood.

Wayne Russell can be said to be the perfect recycler. “I look at the things other people go through and try to think about what I can do with them,” said Russell of Estell Manor.

His cabin was full of fun and bizarre creations that he found a way to put together, like a darts clock made up of parts of classic games like checkers, monopoly, and backgammon. People gathered around to see and hear about his art.

King Elle is 14 years old and has just finished his first year of high school at Egg Harbor Township. He said he has been painting seriously for three years. His themes are the things and people that catch his eye.

Judy Harper is a waitress by profession and an artist by vocation. “When the pandemic hit and we had to stay home, I started decorating cigar boxes,” Harper said as he stood in front of a table full of recycled boxes. “They saved my mind during that time. I really liked creating something very different. ”

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