The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) revealed the line up of accomplished artists, unique aerial artistry, and engaging children’s activities for the 22nd Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival taking place May 17-19 in Reston Town Center. The large, top-rated, annual juried fine arts Festival is produced by GRACE, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, whose mission is to enrich community life by promoting involvement and excellence in the visual arts. This destination style arts festival offers plenty to see, taste, hear and do – from hand crafted, one of a kind artwork, contemporary and original performances, artist demonstrations, acclaimed children’s activities, and live music.
Artists & Performing Arts Line-Up
The jurors reviewed close to 1,000 applications and selected 220 master artisans to participate representing 16 different categories, including Ceramics, Digital and Multi-Media Art, Drawing, Fiber/Textiles, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media 2D, Mixed Media 3D, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Wood. Of those 220 artists 68 are from the DC Metro/Mid-Atlantic Area, with furthest traveling and/or international presence coming from California and Canada.
2013 Artist List: http://
Family Art Park – Art Around the World
This year, the Reston Town Square Park will be transformed into a Family Art Park that will include the ever-popular Children’s Art Tent, a new Teen Art Tent, a Public Art project and a “Chill-Out” tent. Also new this year, face painting will be available during limited hours. Children of all ages will have fun creating art influenced by cultures from around the world. Kids of all ages can try out all the projects and fill their Art Passport. Schedule of children art activities are located here: http://
Admission to the Festival is free, however for a voluntary donation of $10 to GRACE at the event’s colorful ArtCarts visitors will receive a $10 gift certificate to dine at participating Reston Town Center restaurants. Donations benefit year round educational and outreach programs produced by GRACE throughout the Northern Virginia area.
GRACE will kick off the weekend festivities with an upscale Opening Night Party on Friday, May 17 from 6:00-9:00PM. Held in the Reston Town Center Pavilion, the party is an opportunity to celebrate this annual event, while helping raise funds for GRACE’s educational programs. The party will be emceed by ABC 7 Good Morning Washington News Anchor, Scott Thuman and include live music by DC’s Blues Americana Rock showman Ted Garber, performances by Arachne Aerial Arts & In-Flight Theater, silent auction, signature cocktails, and local prominent business leaders and elected officials.
What: 22nd Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Who: Contemporary artwork from over 200 artists in 16 categories
Where: Reston Town Center – 12001 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190
Friday, May 17, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday May 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Weather: Rain or Shine.
Opening Night Party: Friday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Town Center Pavilion. Tickets required, and will be available for purchase online beginning, April 1, 2013.
Cost: Admission to the event is free, however for a voluntary donation of $10 to GRACE at the events ArtCarts, visitors will receive a $10 gift certificate to dine at participating Reston Town Center restaurants. Donations benefit year round educational and outreach programs produced by GRACE throughout the Northern Virginia area.