For art lovers, the Park was the perfect place to be on a recent Saturday.

Art in the Park celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend in downtown Andover. The event, held Sept. 19, showcased 30 booths and tents, each housing art made by local artists. The event began at 10 a.m., and according to Andover Artists Guild president Uli Kapp, there was a steady crowd coming and going until the close of the event at 4 p.m.

Various mediums of art were on display, ranging from mixed media and photography to watercolor and oil paintings. The event, presented by Andovers Artists Guild, is fresh off of a one-year hiatus and members were very pleased with this year’s turnout.

“The weather was good, the music was excellent and there was a positive vibe throughout the entire day,” Kapp said of the event.

The organization aims to promote and advance art and the arts in all forms through exhibitions of its members’ works, lectures, art demonstrations, scholarships, awards and other educational programs, according to its website

Art in the Park is the Guild’s main fundraiser for the scholarships it awards to students interested in the arts. Kapp said the best part of this year’s event was seeing returning visitors, some who have been attending the event for decades, continue to enjoy local art. The one-year break allowed the Guild to better organize its efforts, and Kapp said she saw the benefits of that decision this year.

“We welcomed many new Andovers Artists Guild members this year,” Kapp said. “Returning members and new members really enjoyed the whole day.”

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