Fifty-four years ago, after a group searched for a way to promote art in the community, a tradition was born. This weekend, the yearly event comes back to Lodi.
The longstanding Art in the Park, sponsored by the Lodi Art Club, is set for Saturday, July 1. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can wind through Habermann Park browsing art, from jewelry to lawn creations, from an assortment of vendors.
Kris Poelma, Lodi Art Club secretary and Art in the Park committee member, said this year’s event will have around 50 vendors. The showcased artists mailed in applications and were chosen by the club.
“We can’t have too much of this or too much of that,” Poelma said. “We like a variety.”
That diversity draws a large crowd each year, with some attendees even traveling from places like Milwaukee.
“We hope for new people every year,” Poelma said. “We try to get a lot of customers for our vendors. We depend on the entire county and community.”
Saturday’s event is the club’s only fundraiser. The money raised goes back into the community, including through scholarships for Lodi High School students.
Although the focus will be on art, Poelma said there will also be other activities available at the event, including face painting, food and live music.
“We want people to have fun, too,” she said. “It’s not just for certain people, it’s for everybody.”