Caricature artists have long been a part of fairs and parks, offering a unique custom souvenir from a visit to a park. Theme parks picked up on the idea, often featuring several styles of caricature art.
|CARICATURE PORTRAIT ARTISTS
NAMES THROUGH THE YEARS
1976-1991 Portrait Artists
1994 Fantasy Farmer Market
|For the 1976 season, Great
Adventure added the Portrait Artists caricature stand to the Dream
Street area of the park near the Carousel. The stand was a simple
six-sided roof with a single central column supporting it, with a small
rectangular addition off to one side where cabinets with supplies were
kept. Under the roof chairs and easels were setup out of the hot sun, so
guests could sit for the artists to draw their caricatures. The stand
employed a crew of talented artists recruited from local schools who
looked to practice their drawing skills over the summer breaks.
|The stand was
operated by a contractor known as "Comic Relief" that also ran comic
book stores outside of the park. It was later run by Kaman's Art, an
operator of caricature stands in theme parks throughout the U.S..
The popular stand featured display boxes with examples of the artists' handiwork, often featuring caricatures of celebrities from movies, music and TV shows that were popular at the time, and often changed throughout the summer.
The stand was closed in 1994 after the new, larger and more permanent stand in Old Country opened, offering a much more weather proof facility.