Hyde Park :: Arts & Play
Hyde Park boasts a number of interesting visual art options. Miller Gallery, which has openings about once monthly, shows works by mid-career artists. Malton Gallery features sculptures of wood, metal, and glass, along with large format art, from more than 100 international artists. One can view original art from cartoonists Jim Borgman and Jeff Stahler at Raymond Gallery at the Framery, or have artwork custom-framed on site. Originalities, a consignment shop that deals in hand-made crafts and artwork, is always an interesting place to browse. Also, once a year, there is a big one-day Art Show on Hyde Park Square, where many local artists exhibit and sell their crafts, paintings, photography, jewelry, and other creative products. The Fine Arts Fund, which supports many area artists and projects, is also located on Hyde Park Square.
In addition to its beautiful residential landscapes, Hyde Park is also home to enchanting floral displays within its area parks. The bench at Wulsin Triangle, nestled at Madison Road and Observatory Avenue, is a wonderful place for a picnic or an hour with a good book.
Another fun way to get a little exercise is by walking through Hyde Park Square. The best place to find a quick escape, though, is neighboring Ault Park, which contains 223 scenic acres, complete with trails, a garden and a Romanesque pavilion. Established in 1911, Ault Park remains one of the city’s most popular parks, especially during wedding season. The park also hosts a classic car show, the Concours d' Elegance, each summer. For those who enjoy tennis, there are courts next to the Ravenswood apartments on Erie.