Three years ago, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Friends of Weir Farm, the Weir Farm Art Center and G&B Cultural Center teamed up for the first Art in the Park Festival, encouraging people of all ages to create art. The inaugural event was a success, with more than 500 people spending the day at Weir Farm and presenting their best artwork at the end of the day. \u201cThe artists have been coming to this park since 1882 when American impressionist J. Alden Weir first purchased the farm and there\u2019s been a tradition of creating art inspired by the landscape since then,\u201d said Kristin Lessard, park ranger and spokesperson for the festival. \u201cFrom him to the other two generations of artists who lived there after him to our artists-in-residence, there is a continued tradition of art in the park.\u201d With the third Art in the Park Festival set for Aug. 25, people are once again being asked to visit with art supplies in hand \u2014 though watercolors, pastels and colored pencils will be available for those who don\u2019t have their own \u2014 and spend a day among beginner, amateur and professional artists. \u201cIt\u2019s a really fun, exciting event,\u201d Lessard said. \u201cThe park always offers free-to-use art supplies so we will have supplies available for painting, collage, printmaking and more. We want everyone to come in and create their own work of art.\u201d At the end of the day, all work will be entered into a contest with the winners getting a chance at some prizes. All entries are also eligible to be part of an exhibit at G&B Cultural Center for the month of September. Entries will be judged on the use of color, quality of work, originality, creativity, and how well the work represents Weir Farm NHS. \u201cWe encourage artists to come and in past years, we\u2019ve had noted en plein artists come with their easels and paint out that day,\u201d Lessard said. \u201cNot only is it a festival, but it\u2019s also an art contest and we have levels including juniors, teens, adults and more advanced professional artists who submit work.\u201d All entries are hung up outside and judging will take place by two of Weir Farm\u2019s art instructors and each visitor gets a vote for a special \u201cVisitor\u2019s Choice\u201d award. A ceremony will follow honoring the top finishers. But you don\u2019t need to be a Picasso to take part. People of all skill sets are welcome and there will be help along the way for those who want it. Demonstrations by master impressionist instructor Dmitri Wright, Weir Farm instructor Bobbi Eike Mullen and Weir Farm staff artist Whitney Hoffman will be offered throughout the day, and they will be around to offer advice and tips. The demonstrations will include sessions in en plein air impressionist painting, watercolor painting, linoleum block carving and printmaking, encaustic painting and poured acrylic painting. Wright has been giving painting demonstrations since the inaugural event, always in the tradition of American expressionism. \u201cFor the day, I have a site selected and I will have two paintings going at the same time, painting historic buildings or landscapes,\u201d he said. \u201cWeir Farm is only national park dedicated to painting so for plein air painters in the tri-state area, this is a very important venue where they can be out in nature and have the full weight and blessing of the U.S. government to paint.\u201d He takes part each year because it\u2019s fun and he loves seeing the different people coming out to display their artistic expression. \u201cIt\u2019s nice to be part of something much bigger than yourself and have art celebrated,\u201d Wright said. \u201cChildren gravitate to it quite well and it\u2019s wonderful to see families working together on art projects.\u201d For Mullen\u2019s demonstration, the subject will be a portion of the enticing Weir Farm landscape and she will be working in either a watercolor medium or a combination of watercolor and pastel. \u201cThis event is such a positive attraction as it connects all levels of artistic creativity; from those who have just learned to hold a drawing tool or paintbrush, to the professional fine artist. There is no age or skill requirement,\u201d she said. \u201cAll can participate and appreciate the artistic results while enjoying the unique environment. Encouragement is plentiful at this event so I predict many will come to express and discover their personal talent.\u201d Throughout the day, The Bandolins will play bluegrass music in the Terraced Gardens, doing three sets over the course of the six hours. Refreshments will be provided by Friends of Weir Farm on the front porch of the Weir House. There will also be a pianist playing the historic Steinway piano in the dining room of the main house. A reception for all the artists will be held on Oct. 3 at the G&B Cultural Center. \u201cWe want people to come and celebrate the art in the park that was created, and they can then take their work home after the reception,\u201d Lessard said. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot going on and something for everyone. And even if someone doesn\u2019t want to create art, we invite them to come and enjoy and celebrate the art. Everyone who attends is helping the park continue its legacy.\u201d The Art in the Park Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nps.gov\/wefa.