Arts in the Park enjoys over 20 years of success due to dedicated volunteers; this year’s event slated for Sun., April 27

FALLBROOK – They keep coming back, year after year. Local volunteers come to Arts in the Park to help enrich the lives of children in the Fallbrook/Bonsall area. Sunday, April 27 will mark the 21st year that professional teachers, artists, musicians, crafters and those who simply love children will come to Live Oak Park to bring the free Arts in the Park to life.

Diane Gravlin has volunteered her time at the event for 20 years. The first year, she played the dulcimer. However, as the daughter of a Swedish fiddler, she really wanted to play the violin. After her husband, Bob, bought her a violin, she fulfilled her dream at age 60. “You’re never too old,” said Gravlin.

Meanwhile, Bob signed up at Claremont College to learn violin making and repair. The violin duo were soon an annual presence at the park, with Bob demonstrating violin making and Diane teaching. “It is our love of children that brings us back to Arts in the Park year after year,” said Diane.

Connie Tognoli was also a volunteer at the first Arts in the Park. She said the event was half the size it is today, but still an exhausting experience. However, the children’s response to making her yarn dolls was all the reward she needed to return.

Tognoli especially enjoys watching the moms and dads. She said one year, a dad and son constructed little green ninja warriors out of their yarn. “Arts in the Park is free, it’s outdoors, and children can do so many different things,” said Tognoli. A doll collector and artist, her crafting continued when her husband’s job moved the family to Saudi Arabia. She taught a craft class there for women. “Some women had never held scissors before,” she said.

This year’s event will be as festive and interesting as ever. Just a hint of the crafts available include: bookmarks, t-shirt bags, murals, plaster molds, floppy hats, and wind socks. Entertainment includes a puppet show, magician, reptiles, a petting zoo and more!

Arts in the Park is a free festival, sponsored by Rally for Children and the Fallbrook Elementary School District, on Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Live Oak Park. Parking is $3/vehicle at the park, but free parking and a shuttle is available at Potter Jr. High School and Maie Ellis Elementary School.

5 Responses to "Arts in the Park enjoys over 20 years of success due to dedicated volunteers; this year’s event slated for Sun., April 27"

  1. Lee   April 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    That’s the spirit! This is what Fallbrook needs more of: the arts!

    Thank you to ALL who are involved in this wonderful project!!!

    Art is the expression of one human being to another, "I love you." Artists, keep on creating art thereby making this world a better one for us all. YOU are real heroes!

  2. Pink   April 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I’m an artist Lee. Thank you for your kind words.

  3. DR DR   April 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Lee-I have never agreed with that statement – artists create what they are feeling at any given moment- which could be fear, anger, jealousy, hate, or just throw colors on a canvas and create with no thought in mind. It most certainly isn’t saying I love you to another person.

    Painting in anger catches the eye of another most often -not that that’s positive, just sayin.

    Pink – What do you think when you paint?

  4. Pink   April 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you DR DR, another artist actually tried to make this point with Lee the first of many times that he has made this redundant statement. No artist always expresses "love" when they sketch or paint, or whatever medium they might use. Art expresses differing emotions such as love, anger, jealousy, hate, beauty and expressions of faith among others. I love to sketch, it relieves stress and calms the soul.

  5. artist   April 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Sorry Lee, I’m an artist and I have to laugh every time I read your repeated one-liner on the definition of art.

    When I paint, I’m not expressing my love to and for my fellow humans. I’m expressing my love for God, and the appreciation of the beautiful natural world I see around me in Fallbrook. I’m sure every artist has a unique view on artistic expression, and that view belongs solely to the individual artist (who may or may not choose to make that view known).

    I also think it’s amusing that you call us heroes, Lee. I’m pretty sure I felt much more heroic when I was putting in 10-12 hour days teaching public school many years ago; according to many of your comments about teachers, I was all about the money back then.

    I do appreciate your support of the arts though…come support us and see the local shows opening this weekend downtown.


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