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Hastings Art in the Park record-breaking turnout

Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 8:10 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Art in the Park was a huge success at Lib’s Park in Hastings on Sunday. As the event had their biggest turnout ever, while also bringing in record-breaking sales for the artists.

“We have 62 vendors this year and that’s the most we’ve ever had and I’m super excited,” Art in the Park Organizer Anjanette Bonham said. “They’re thrilled, they’re having record-breaking sales and the days only half over.”

Organizer Anjanette Bonham wanted to feature as many artists as she could this year.

“Two years ago I had 54 and then last year with Covid and some restrictions, I had to cap it to 40,” Bonham said. “So this year I thought let’s fill the sidewalk, let’s fill the park.”

With Bonham looking crowd the park, there were several new artists looking to get in on all the action.

“There’s some returning and then there’s some new that reached out to me last year that wanted to join as well,” Bonham said.

Artist Andy Gentert may not be a new to Art in the Park but his work is one-of-a-kind.

“I do some paintings that kind of give the illusion of being three dimensional,” Gentert said.

And he does it all with a material called Masonite.

“It is compressed wood fiber,” Gentert said. “There’s a few other names for it hardboard, high-density fiber board.”

Gentert was enjoying himself at the event this year. He said it was never about the money for him, he just wanted to share his art with the community.

“It’s great if people buy it but I just enjoy getting out, sharing art, showing and letting other people enjoy it,” Gentert said.

Hastings Art in the Park lasted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the artists showcasing their work, they also had food trucks and even caricature artists with lines of people looking to get their portrait done.

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