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August 3, 2004 > Art in the Park

Art in the Park

A Walk in Time

by Margaret Thornberry

One of the best family entertainment bargains in the Bay Area is coming to beautiful Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont on Saturday, August 14th. The Fremont Cultural Arts Council, the City of Fremont and East Bay Regional Parks and have once again joined together to present the Third Annual Art in the Park - Walk in Time, a day of fun, education, fine arts and music in this beautiful setting. Ardenwood Historic Farm & Patterson House is located at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA, just west of I880 off Highway 84 and Ardenwood Blvd. Gates open at 10:00AM and close at 4:00PM. Admission is free for children 16 and under, and $5 (yes, only $5) per person for those 17 and older. Parking is free.

The 2004 event promises to be better than ever...more artists, more interactive events, more music, and more interesting things to see and do. In addition to a juried show of art selected from well-known local artists, many of the artists will be on-site to display their work and discuss and demonstrate the creative process. Art chosen for this show includes oil painting, watercolors, photography, blown glass, sculpture, wearable art and more. For the first time, those attending will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artist's work, and a 'people's choice' award will be granted. Browsing is encouraged and offers to purchase will be enthusiastically received.

There will be a variety of interactive activities including hands-on arts for children, fine art and historical craft demonstrations, Patterson House tours, films from the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, children's lawn games and tours of the Ardenwood gardens.

Entertainment will be presented throughout the day by band ensembles, jazz musicians and choirs, including the City of Fremont Parks and Recreation Choral group and an area favorite, the a cappella singing group, "Smorgaschord". Historic displays will include railroading, farming, quilting, and spinning.

Ardenwood Historic Farm and the Patterson House are well worth a visit. Ardenwood was at one time, the largest farm estate in the East Bay and currently offers visitors a fascinating view of farm life in the 1870's. Now run by the East Bay Regional Park District, the property also houses remnants of the South Pacific Coast Railroad, a narrow-gauge railroad that steamed across the marshes and farms of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, hauling lumber from the Santa Cruz Mountains to build and feed the growing cities of Oakland and San Francisco. The grounds are home to Patterson House, the 16-room Queen Anne home built by George Patterson after he came west in 1849. Considered "the most handsome house in the township in 1898," it has been restored and lovingly furnished with original and period authentic pieces. Patterson House is managed and operated by the City of Fremont Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about the Art in the Park - Walk in Time event, call City of Fremont Park and Recreation Department representative Irene Jordahl at 510-494-4228.
The Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC) is a non-profit group dedicated to strengthening the understanding and enjoyment of fine arts in the Tri-City area by sponsoring events such as Art in the Park, the Young Artists Showcase, Cultural Arts to the Schools, and the Annual Fremont Juried Photographic Show and Exhibit, and by coordinating, maintaining and publishing the local arts event calendar 'Fremont Focus'. If you would like to learn more about the FCAC, call (510) 794-7166 and request a copy of the Fremont Focus.

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