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Artists working in a wide variety of media are invited to participate, as the annual Art in the Park outdoor art fair returns to West End Park in Long Branch, on Sunday, May 26. (photo credit: Christopher Anthony)

LONG BRANCH, NJ — The coming of Memorial Day weekend 2013 holds a special significance for the people of the Jersey Shore. That keynote to the season of rebirth for our beaches and boardwalks has a bittersweet sound, here in a year of unprecedented challenges and changes.

But as the determination and perseverance of our business owners and residents work to bring the Garden State’s crown jewel back to life, we draw inspiration from our traditional summertime pleasures — and on Sunday, May 26, one of the Shore’s favorite local traditions returns for the 15th consecutive year.

Presented once more at West End Park in Long Branch, the annual Art in the Park event transforms the corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues into one of the largest outdoor art happenings in the state; an art and fine crafts fair that emphasizes unique and original works over commercially produced “art sale” merchandise.

Sponsored by the Long Branch Arts Council and Long Branch Historical Association, with support from the City of Long Branch, Art in the Park takes place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., in a sunlit seaside setting that’s just one block from the beach — and within strolling distance of an eclectic menu of restaurants, taverns and eateries.

Last year’s edition was among the most successful ever, with more than 50 participating artists enjoying beautiful weather, great turnout, live music and a chance to display — and sell — work that they created themselves, with no commission taken by the event organizers. The people who bring you Art in the Park invite you to be part of this great local event in the artist-friendly neighborhood of West End.

We’re seeking submissions in the categories of Works on Paper, Works on Canvas, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Ceramics, and Special Materials (including wood, glass or plastic) — so whether you’re a seasoned professional or a relative newcomer, this can be a great opportunity to get your work before the public, in a supportive and highly visible setting that offers honors in each category.

Returning as guest juror this year will be Amy Faris, a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design and the New York Academy of Art whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited at gallery shows in Illinois, Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.  A member of Winsor Newton’s technical team, Amy is also an adjunct instructor at the main campus of Brookdale Community College.

Interested artists will be asked to send photos or JPEGS of their work for consideration (those who participated in the 2012 show need not submit material for review). Deadline to enter the 2013 Art in the Park event is Saturday, May 18; there is a non-refundable entry fee of $45 due at time of registration, and locations of tents or stalls (measuring 100 square feet) within the park will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Interested in entering electronically? Have any questions about load-in time, parking, or anything having to do with this year’s event? Call event coordinator Mare Akana at (732)542-1307 with your contact info, and we’ll send you all the details.

The Long Branch Arts Council is a partnership dedicated to working with the city government, civic and business organizations and the arts community to re-establish the City of Long Branch as a thriving regional center for the arts. Our aim is to accomplish this goal by attracting artists and arts organizations, by coordinating fundraising and development efforts, by establishing arts education programs, and by presenting arts-oriented events that draw upon the natural resources, accessibility, historic assets and “people power” that are unique to our beloved city.