High temperatures, hot items at 'Arts in the Park'

By Andrea Ray | Jul 09, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray

Marion — It might've felt nearly hot enough to melt crayons or fire clay, but shoppers at the Marion Art Center's 11th "Arts in the Park" soldiered on cheerfully, finding food, music, shade and (of course) plenty of art.

Yesterday's Country Band played under the hot sun as throngs of customers wandered Bicentennial Park, across from Marion's Town House. Vendors from New Bedford, Kingston and Fairhaven joined local artists, offering silk wraps, handmade soaps, beaded jewelry, paintings, photographs, stained glass and ceramics.

Among the vendors was Angelina Singer, a published novelist at 20 years old. Singer, a native of Raynham and upcoming Stonehill College junior, said that she "just sort of fell into" writing. "I always loved it," she explained.

Singer self-published her first book, "Just Like a Pill," which she described as a romantic comedy with a scientific twist. She came to Arts in the Park to sign copies of the novel, and cheerfully greeted interested customers.

Singer's second book, "The Sorting Room," will also be available shortly; it's the first in a series, something Singer is excited about. Singer's professional Facebook page (www.facebook.com/angelinasingerauthor) notes that "Just Like a Pill" is available through Amazon.

Nancy Rolli of Marion sat nearby, selling handmade ceramics; a large sign outside of her tent explained that all profits would benefit the Salvation Army.

"Ceramics are my passion, not my job," she explained. "When I retired from teaching, I started up with the UMass Dartmouth Ceramics Club."

Rolli's pottery is mainly bread baskets. "It's a focus on serving," she explained. "Bread is the food of life."

Rolli noted that she often gave her pottery to friends for free, and asked them to make a donation to Salvation Army. "Arts in the Park was a chance for me to reach more people, to help more people," she stated.

Some vendors have returned to Arts in the Park multiple times; Chrissy Feitera of Chrissy Ann Ceramics (www.chrissyannceramics.com), based in Fairhaven, said that she's been coming to Arts in the Park for six years.

"I love the beach theme," she said of her ceramics, which generally featured motifs of seashells, seahorses and other ocean-themed prints. "People in this area really connect with my work. I definitely have regulars!"



Yesterday's Country Band, in fine fettle (and fiddle) despite their lack of shade. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Angelina Singer with copies of her first book, "Just Like a Pill." (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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