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Celebrating 48 Years of Art in the Park

Aug 04, 2017 01:59PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Celebrating 48 Years of Art in the Park


The Martinez Arts Association (MAA) presents its 48th annual Art in the Park on Sunday, August 20, at Susana Park in Martinez, from 10am to 5pm. Over 50 artists are expected at this free, community event. Come and enjoy fine arts and crafts created by local artists, along with live music, food trucks, and beverages, including wine and beer.  


“Many of the participating artists return year after year because this is such a special event that always draws a large crowd. It really has a local community feel to it,” says Vernon Sanders, MAA president.


This year’s music line-up includes the high-energy Tamsen Donner Band, featuring blues and a great selection of original tunes. Also performing will be local favorites UnConcord and The Last Minute Band. Check for the complete schedule of live music.


Art in the Park is the MAA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Don’t miss this year’s silent auction that raises money to support the arts in local schools. We are featuring an “Art Flock” of fabulous lawn flamingos, created and donated by participating artists.


There is plenty of free parking in downtown Martinez, with a golf cart shuttle from the farmers’ market area at the Starbucks plaza.


Founded in 1968 as a nonprofit organization, the MAA organizes and participates in many community events throughout the year. Our goal is to encourage art, culture, and education for local youth. Fundraising proceeds provide scholarships to graduating seniors as well as art grants for elementary through high school teachers. The Martinez Gallery is also a branch of the MAA, and 15% of gallery sales is donated towards the art grant program. For more details about Art in the Park, please visit