Kingston Springs hosted Art in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 5 at L.L. Burns Park with 71 vendors on hand with a variety of arts, crafts, jewelry, apparel, furniture, wind chimes, food items, knick-knacks and curios on display.

Hundreds braved the heat in order to check out the merchandise, listen to the live music and celebrate the community spirit in South Cheatham County.

For Kingston Springs artist Teresa Hargis a huge highlight of the day was engaging her grandchild, Knox Balstad, at the Creative Zone, which was set up to give kids the opportunity to make art of many textures, colors and shades.

The heart of the popular annual event was the variety of art that was displayed, celebrated and honored. 

Best of Show was awarded to Brandy Zavata for her sculpture “Autism Unlocked.” The People’s Choice award went to Sonja Becknell for “Splash of Rhythm,” and the Best Booth was won by Deats and Jackson Smith.

The five categories for art were paintings, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

For painting, the top three (in order) were Clint Watts “Chaos Theory,” Barbara Bullard “You Are My Sunshine” and Randy McQuien “Elvis.”

For drawing, the top three were Barbara Bullard “Silver & Gold,” Randy McQuien “Willie Nelson” and Manuel Zavala “Shift Colors.”

For photography, the top three were Stewart Speilman “Flood Damaged Railroad Track,” Kenneth Shockley “Still Stationed” and Desmond Lake “Awake.”

For sculpture, the top three winners were Brandy Zavala “Autism Unlocked,” John Coburn “Beyond the Pot” and Timothy Weber “Whitematt ‘TA’ Vase.”  

In mixed media, the top three were Ann Schlemm “Basket,” Lana Foster “The Spire of Notre-Dame” and Marcia Lara “A Friend in the Wings.”

The Brooks Hubbard Band, The Savannah Morris Trio, Chris Davio and the Li’l Band, Carryin’ On and Cathy & David with Liam Remick provided live music throughout the event.

“This year’s Art in the Park was a big success,” Kingston Springs City Manager John Lawless. “We had over 70 vendors, and it was our biggest art competition in recent memory.  The weather was perfect, the crowds got there early, and we stayed busy with a park full of people the entire afternoon.”

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