Dick Ensing

Sevier County artist Dick Ensing will be among those participating in Morristown’s 2018 Arts in the Park celebration.

Hamblen County’s 12th annual “Arts In The Park,” a visual and performing arts event, will be Saturday, Sept. 15.

The one-day celebration of two-dimensional fine art, artistic photography, sculpture, theater, music and dance be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located at 350 W. Ninth North St., Morristown.

The event will include live music, vendors, food, art demonstrations and children’s activities.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Among participants will be Sevier County artist Dick Ensing, owner of the Dutchman’s Loft. Ensing paints in the tradition of French impressionists with Cades Cove and the surrounding countryside as his inspiration, the release says.

”Landscape painting in the Great Smoky Mountains is a real experience, because the light in the mountains is filtered by the atmosphere causing the colors to have a prismatic effect,” Ensing said. “This creates a mood that captivates the feeling and beauty of God’s awesome power.”

The fifth-generation grandson of the legendary Dutch painter Adrian Van Der Werf (1659-1772), Ensing says his ancestor was” the most famous painter of his day and achieved a high level of academic perfection in all his work, even surpassing Rembrandt.”

Ensing has studied art with Robert Brackman, of Madison, Connecticut; William Schultz, of Lenox, Massachusetts; Herb Abrams, of Washington, Connecticut; and portraiture with Illona Ross, of Smithkin, New York. He teaches art privately and gives workshops at many colleges and art leagues.

For more details about Ensing and his work, see dickensingartist.com.

Also slated for the upcoming Arts in the Park is Morristown-based performing artist Mitch Smith, owner of the Round Table School of Music. Smith will perform along with his band during the event, as well as with The Connection Project from First United Methodist Church of Morristown.

Other performers at this year’s event will include Uwe Romeike, Jeremy Fritts, Tommy White, and Dale “Dancing Dragonfly” Woodruff.

Performances will include folk, country, blues, classical piano and classical guitar with tunes ranging from bluegrass to jazz to gospel to classical, a little bit of comedy, storytelling and dance, the release says.

For additional information about Arts in the Park, contact Peggy Brewer, event chairman, at pbrewer@charter.net or call 423-312-8325.

Online information is also available at www.morristownart.org.