Art in the Park will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend. The popular community event will showcase more than 275 artists and artisans from around Ontario and Quebec who have come to display and retail their wares. It’s usually the signature event that kicks off the Windsor festival season.
Art in the Park was first organized in 1970 by the Art Gallery of Windsor, which at that time was housed in Willistead Manor. The first event welcomed guests from all around Ontario including an unannounced guest: Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, W. Ross Macdonald. In 1978, the event was given to the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) to continue this great annual tradition. 40 years later, Art in the Park is an acclaimed festival that people all over Windsor, Essex County and beyond look forward to every year.
Guests stroll through the beautiful and aromatic gardens of the manor, built in 1906 by Edward Chandler Walker, son of the distiller Hiram Walker. Enjoy the visual pleasantry of the finely manicured and sculptured gardens spread over the 15.5 acres of this gated estate.
Over the last 40 years, Art in the Park has contributed over $1.3 million dollars for the restoration of Willistead Manor and its grounds. Thousands of visitors take a moment during Art in the Park to step back in time to visit the manor and marvel in its original beauty, décor and craftsmanship.
Proceeds from this event are shared by the Willistead Restoration Fund and the charities supported by the Windsor Rotary Club (1918). Free Parking and a Shuttle Service are also offered.
Art in The Park is being held at Willistead Park (1899 Niagara St., Windsor) on Saturday, June 2 from 10am to 7pm and Sunday, June 3 from 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit www.artintheparkwindsor.com.