175 artists dress up Mill Creek for a day

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Artwork by both professional and student artists filled Mill Creek Park in South Portland Saturday for the city’s annual Art in the Park Show & Sale.

More than 175 artists were on hand to enjoy a perfect summer day under sunny skies. In addition, the show featured a tent filled with the artwork of South Portland students.

The event also featured a special story time with Maine author Tracy Kane, as well as the opportunity for kids to build their own fairy houses.

This year’s Best in Show award, which came with an $800 prize, went to Monique Sakellarios, while the Best in Photo award, which included a $500 prize, went to Charlie Widdis.

Immediately following the art show, the second annual Knightville Street Festival kicked off, which featured a variety of live performances, as well as food and crafts from local vendors.

– Kate Irish Collins

Artist Victoria Mares was one of the artists exhibiting at the Art in the Park in South Portland. She poses here with granddaughter, Naima Hershey, 6, who was one of the student artists selected for the annual show.Kit Pike, a South Portland artist, has taken part in the city’s annual Art in the Park for the past 20 years. What she likes about the show is the “fabulous location” and the intimacy of it. “It’s not too big,” she said. “It’s a nice, comfortable show.”Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the 36th annual Art in the Park Show & Sale held at Mill Creek Park in South Portland on Saturday.Enjoying the artwork of public school students in South Portland are Seth Mishkin, 9, and his grandmother, Kay Mishkin. Seth is a student at the Greater Portland Christian School, located on outer Broadway.Staff photos by Kate Irish CollinsNoraJean Ferris works on a chalk drawing during Saturday’s Art in the Park in South Portland. She’s exhibited at the show several times.South Portland’s annual Art in the Park is a family event. From left are Brady Marquis, 10, Ben Marquis and Sam Stewart, holding her 10-year-old dog, Memphis.Posing for a sketch by her artist grandmother, Deborah Madison, at Art in the Park Saturday is Isabel Cohn, 9.