DIAMOND — George Washington Carver National Monument will host its annual Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday - rain or shine.

DIAMOND — George Washington Carver National Monument will host its annual Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday - rain or shine.
"This event celebrates Carver's love for art," said Curtis Gregory, park ranger at the monument. "We will have artists, activities for kids, we will other art-type activities for adults as well as kids."
Carver loved art.
"Actually, what is interesting, here at the Carver Farm (monument is now) is where Carver began to paint, when he was a kid, he would go out in the wooded area, create his own paint and paint a lot of things in the woods," Gregory said. "That is what he wanted to be more than anything when he was a young kid, he wanted to be an artist. as we know, he didn't become a professional artist, but he painted for the rest of his life."
The event is free of charge.
Carver was inspired by the natural environment and gained a sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation from his artistic work. Plein air artists will set up along the trail, capturing the beauty of the woodlands, prairie, and streams. Artists will conduct art workshops throughout the day and visitors are encouraged to participate. A “budding artists” area will feature natural dyes, painting color swatches, and other children’s art activities. Kids will earn a special Junior Ranger badge.
At 11 a.m., guest speaker Matt Turner, Visual Information Specialist, National Park Service, Midwest Region will share his original work presenting techniques he uses to create digital media. He also created the 75th Anniversary logo for George Washington Carver National Monument.
Join a park ranger for “Expressions of the Soul,” a program interpreting Carver’s artistic creations including images of his renowned Yucca and Cactus. Several pieces of his original artwork will be on display inside the visitor center.
For more information, call the monument at 325-4151.