“Artists in the Country” features the best in local and regional art
“Artists in the Country” is a professionally juried show of local and regional artists displaying their wares in a beautiful rural setting in Woodstock. You’ll leave your car behind in a field-turned-parking lot and wander past a pond toward the farm and its barn, which are given over to white tents full of paintings, pottery, sculptures, jewelry, photography and many other art forms. More than 18 acres of farmland are open during this event, which also offers a variety of food and live music. Bagged lunches and picnics are encouraged. It’s easy to spend an afternoon here relaxing in the sunshine, wandering around the grounds, talking with the artists, and enjoying a simpler way of life.
This well-known two-day event was founded in 2001 by Ann Chuk, an educator who owns the property, as a creative way to help raise money for autistic children. Since then, all proceeds from the event (which are raised primarily through a small admissions fee) have gone to support “camperships” for autistic campers at Eden’s Retreat Center in nearby Chaplin. During the event, the entire old barn is decorated with the artworks of more than 300 area children, which together creates a very colorful and interesting effect worth experiencing.
This year, “Artists in the Country” will be held on Saturday, September 25 (from 10 am to 5 pm) and Sunday, September 26 (11 am to 4:30 pm). The work of more than 40 artists will be on display. Each day includes a menu of demonstrations and an entertainment series, including folk music, an a capella singing group, and a fife and drum corps. If you’re up for a peaceful day in the country and love artwork, then this is an event not to be missed! Other events are held throughout the year.