George Washington Carver Monument set to host arts events
George Washington Carver National Monument officials are gearing up for the second annual Art in the Park and first GWC Birthplace Association (CBA) Book Sale on April 26.
“It is to celebrate Dr. Carver’s appreciation for art,” CBA executive director Paxton Williams said. “Folks can do pastels, natural dyes, acrylics and others. Also for the children, it will be Junior Ranger Day and so we are going to have particular art activities for he children to do to earn their Junior Ranger Badge.”
The event is open to the public and free of charge. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the visitor center at the monument.
Another event will be a special art exhibit about Carver.
“Carver describes his art and his paintings as ‘expressions of his soul’,” said Williams.
Even though this is the second year for the Art in the Park, Williams noted officials last year saw a good crowd.
“We are pleased about the attendance last year and are excited that after the first year, the word of mouth is going to spread and even more folks will attend,” Williams said.
The monument will have a book sale, with proceeds going to a good cause.
The sale will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the lawn outside the visitor center.
Hardcover books will sell for $3 each and paperbacks will sell for $1 each. Receipts will be given for donation value of $10 or more.
“Those funds will be used for an informational display for the visitor center,” said Williams.
In anticipation for the book sale, CBA is currently collecting gently used books of all kinds (for the most part, they are hoping to stay away from questionable material).
“The response of the donations has been good,” Williams said. “We have five boxes of them right now.”
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