By Charles Kelleher Harris

In 2004 Mint Hill Commissioner Tina Ross wanted an opportunity for local artist to showcase their talents and skills, while interacting with locals. To that end she helped organized the very first Afternoon in the Park.

“The afternoon event adds to cultural landscape,” said Ross, “[It allows] area residents to see art and interact with artists in a wonderful, free outdoor setting.”

On Sunday, with the sponsorship of the Town and the Arts and Science Council the tenth Afternoon in the Park is taking place.

Ross also said that the Town’s Public Works Department also lends a helping hand to the event.

“The event was started to give area artists an opportunity to show and sell their wares,” said Ross, “We accept vendors who create their own works of art; no commercially made items are allowed.”

According to Ross the event has always been well attended. And she expects this year to be no different.

“We expect a good turnout again this year,” Ross said.

The event is in line with Mint Hills recent push to expose more locals to craftsman and artisans close to home. Recently local artists, business and the town created the first “Art Around the Block” which provided another venue for locals to interact with local artists and vendors. This event is scheduled for the first Friday of every month.

“It provides another opportunity to experience art,” said Ross.

The event will be held at Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove at 7750 Jim Harper Lane from 1 pm to 6 pm.