Over a dozen artists gathered Saturday in Winter Park for Art in the Park.

“I love painting in nature and wanted to meet other people who wanted to create art and come together,” said Veronika Rose, founder of Art in the Park.

The event started in 2010 and has been held at Dickson Azalea Park until now. This is the first Art in the Park of 2016 and it was hosted at Mead Gardens. Rose said it won’t be the only one but she doesn’t have set schedules for future meetups.

“It’s whenever I’m available and the weather’s nice,” Rose said. “There’s really no rhyme or reason.”

The attendees spread out blankets for seating, brought canvases to paint on and played music.

“There’s no structure,” Rose said. I didn’t want it to be like an organization.”

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It began raining at 1 p.m. but that didn’t stop the artists. They simply moved their supplies to a nearby pavilion and continued with their projects while munching on seaweed snacks.

“It’s a great idea to get people out here and spend some time in nature,” said Stephanie Russ, a UCF Business Management and Business Administration graduate.

The event was flagged by Winter Park as a protest to the recent banning of street art and performance because over 150 people on Facebook said they were going to attend, but Rose assured the city that was not the intent of her group. Mead Garden isn’t included in the areas artists are banned.

“I just invited my friends and they invited their friends,” Rose said.

Up to 50 people have attended Art in the Park in previous years. The event is open to everyone to come and go as they please.


Sarah Gangraw is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.

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