Art in the Park

LABOR DAY WEEKEND Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1, 2024 • Free admission, free parking

A Quintessential

New England

Outdoor Art Show

Art in the Park has not changed noticeably in character since it began 60+ years ago. In Keene’s most scenic park, about 80 talented artists pitch their popup tents and display their work in a natural, relaxed atmosphere. During the last days of summer, the park is a lovely setting for strolling through the displays, or a river walk… or possibly a picnic on the river bank.

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Talented artists from the Monadnock Region and beyond gather to display and sell their works created in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, pastels, colored pencils, printmaking, sculpture, photography/digital art and mixed media. Artists pledge to tend their tents in order to meet and greet the public. These connections are encouraged, benefiting visitors and artists alike and helping build greater understanding and appreciation of the arts. For the greater Keene community, the event is an annual tradition; locals turn out faithfully for this inspiring celebration of art and artists.

Talented artists from the Monadnock Region and beyond gather to display and sell their works

Enjoy the music festival, too!

The Saturday of Labor Day weekend is also the scheduled day for the Keene Music Festival, held nearby in Downtown Keene, featuring dozens of musical acts across genres. Many people choose to walk between the events and enjoy both.

In addition to originals, artists customarily offer less-expensive reproductions as well as gift items and note cards. Most artists accept credit cards, venmo and/or a cash app to make purchasing convenient. It is a beautiful thing to see people return to visit their favorite artists year after year, possibly adding to their collections, surely building on relationships and friendships.

In addition to originals, artists customarily offer less-expensive reproductions

RAFFLES BENEFITING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Separate raffles are conducted on Saturday and Sunday during Art in the Park weekend. With the purchase of a ticket, you choose which artist’s art you would like to win. If your ticket is drawn, you get to take home the designated work by your favorite artist and the artist is reimbursed by the association for the value of his/her/their artwork. It is a very popular win/win program generating funds which help Monadnock Area Artists Association bestow an annual Scholarship to a high school student nominated by his/her/their faculty.

Awards

Artists register to participate in judging in six categories:

  1. Water-Media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache),
  2. Oil,
  3. Pastel, Charcoal,
  4. Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil, and Original Printmaking,
  5. Photography/Digital Art,
  6. Sculpture, Mixed Media and Collage.

Oil
1 Phil Bean
2 Luci Lesmerises
3  Kate Beetle

Pen & Ink, Colored Pencil
1  Bob Askey
2 Liz Winchester-Larson
3 Tina S, Gagnon

Water Media
1 Jeanne Maguire Thieme
2 Wendi Hulslander
3 Richard Brown

Sculpture, Mixed Media
1 Ryan Curtis
2 Jackie Griswold
3 Thom Cassotta

Photography
1 Sarah Oak
2 Samuel Elliott
3 Lugene Spalding

AWARDS

Event Location:

Ashuelot River Park
273 West Street
Keene, NH 03431

Visitor Information

  • Admission is free
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Portalets on site
  • Refreshments for sale
  • Special lunch offers with nearby Jenna’s Market & Deli
  • Fundraisers for Keene High students