BAY HEAD —The Bay Head Art in the Park event will be returning for its seventh year on Sunday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park behind the municipal building. The event has also stretched beyond the park around three years ago, leading to a name change of “Art in the Park…And Beyond.”
“I have a passion for it and I felt like it was important to bring back a big event like this and that is why I started it seven years ago,” said Zsa Zsa Stackles, the recreator and organizer of the event. “It has grown because the first year only had 35 artists.”
The event, sponsored by the Bay Head Business Association, was created to bring together finer works of art that are judged in a juried art show and the winners are then chosen to be part of the event. Over 80 artists have been chosen this year, ranging from photography and canvas works along with iron, glass and wood.
“Every year, there are 20 to 30 photographers that apply to the show,” said Ms. Stackles. “So unless you are really subject specific with your photography it is an uphill battle because there are so many…there is a historical photographer and a sailboat racing photographer.”
This process starts before Christmas of the previous year and selected artists are notified of their acceptance around January. According to Ms. Stackles, there are both local and out of state artists that apply to be part of the event along with new artists and returning ones.
“Some are local from New Jersey and some are from other states,” said Ms. Stackles. “It is always fun to have newbies from farther away.”
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