“It’s about bringing art awareness to the public,” said Ron Lytle, executive director and president of CSAGI.
“Art is a vital part of our everyday living experience,” said Art “Art the Poet” Page, emcee for the event Sunday.
CSAGI was founded by Lytle with a mission introduce the joy of art and music into the community, according to organization documents.
The school offers classes for children and adults in acrylics, photography, watercolor, pen and ink, music and more, according to its website, www.csagi.org. Additionally, the gallery has monthly exhibits for student and professional artists, Lytle said.
“It’s all about making people aware of what we offer,” he said.
The free event Sunday kicked off at 3 p.m. and was scheduled to continue until dusk, Lytle said.
Magician Dean Burkett and Terry Hayes, who has a puppet show, entertained the early crowd.
Face painting, demonstrations, workshops and free food also were on tap throughout the event, Lytle said.
Vicky Hutzler of Martinsburg, W.Va., and her two children, Clover, 5, and Mack, 9, came at the beginning of the event and said they enjoyed Burkett’s magic show and Hayes’ puppets.
However, Clover and Mack disagreed on whether it was real magic or just tricks.
Hutzler, who heard about the event through email, said it was cool to see her children on stage with the magician.
As for the rest of Art in the Park, Clover said she was excited to get her face painted and was considering a full-face butterfly.
“I want to be an artist when I grow up,” Clover said. “I like painting.”
Mack said he was looking forward to eating the food Sunday.
Lisa and William Byrd, and their sons William Jr., 13, and Darius, 10, came from Great Mills, Md., in St. Mary’s County to enjoy Art in the Park.
Lytle, who is a relative of the Byrds, invited them to the event, Lisa Byrd said.
“They do a lot of good stuff for families,” Lisa Byrd said. “We are having a good time.”
Lytle estimated that by the end of the day, 150 to 300 people would have come to Art in the Park.