Mill Creek Park | FREE Public Admission | August 12, 2023
Attendees are encouraged to bring new art supplies to donate to the South Portland Public Schools art supply drive taking place during the event!
About Art in the Park
South Portland's annual Art in the Park Show & Sale is a summer favorite of participating artists and the public. Held on the second Saturday in August in beautiful Mill Creek Park, the show features original art and photography by up to 170 artists, a food court, and music in the afternoon. Admission is free. The show opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.
Prize winners are announced at noon at the gazebo. Prizes range from Best in Show ($800.00) to Merit Awards (five at $150.00 each) and include Best Photo in Show ($500.00). The Judges' Tent, with one submission by each artist in the show will not be open to the public so as to allow the artists to retrieve his/her artwork and allow it to be shown at their individual stands.
Costs of the show are paid for by artists' fees and donations from sponsors. All committee members are volunteers, as are almost all show day workers. Revenues over and above costs are used for park improvements. Past improvements have included the gazebo, the fountain, a contribution toward holiday lighting, as well as to the city's Greenbelt Walkway and the re-design of the park itself.
Art in the Park also awards a $1000.00 scholarship every year to a student graduating from South Portland High School who is going on to study art in college.
Kids in the Park
10am-2pm | FREE
Visit the Kids in the Park tent for fun art activities including:
Story reading with South Portland Library
Bracelet making with Portland Museum of Art
Crafts with South Portland Park Rangers
Face painting, balloon twists and more with Party Palooga
11am-3pm | Sales through food trucks
Eighty Eight Donuts (available in the morning for coffee!)
Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck
Meet on the Street
Open from 11am - 3pm, the food court features good things to eat ranging from sandwiches and hamburgers to ethnic cuisine to frozen treats. Located in the Broadway/Ocean Street area of the park near Kids in the Park, the food court offers tables and chairs for you to enjoy your meal, or you can relax on the grass under a tree and listen to musicians play in the gazebo.
9am-3:30pm | FREE
Art in the Park is proud to showcase art by students in South Portland schools. The students' work will be on exhibit from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM in the Student Tent across from the Judges' Tent
Every year, the Committee chooses student art works to use in promotional materials for the show: posters that are distributed throughout the community, the show T-shirt, the cover of the program, and ads in the Portland Press Herald.
The show also exhibits works by students in the Student Art Tent. Each art teacher selects and mattes works for the exhibit. The judges select six student prize-winners from among the art by high school students exhibited at the show.
In lieu of individual awards for elementary and middle school students, Art in the Park gives a $50 Class Award to each art teacher to supplement class supplies.
South Portland Public School will also be collecting new art supplies!
Every year Art in the Park gives a $1000.00 scholarship to a student graduating from South Portland High School who is going on to study art in college. Arthur Hahn, for whom the scholarship is named, was one of the founders of Art in the Park and a well-known promoter of the arts in the Greater Portland area.
Future Show Dates:
Art in the Park is always held on the second Saturday in August (unless storms arise). There is NO rain date for this event. The following are the upcoming show dates:
August 10, 2024
August 9, 2025
August 8, 2026
August 14, 2027