Annual Spring Artfest Week at Fort Smith Park in Arlington

By Editorial Team on March 12, 2018
Photo courtesy of Arlington Artists Alliance.
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Opening Reception: Friday, March 16 from 6pm to 8pm
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ArtFest Week (March 16-23, 2018)
Presented by the Arlington Artists Alliance at Fort C.F. Smith Park
2411 24th Street North, Arlington, VA 22207

  • Friday, March 16, 6-8pm – Opening Reception
  • Saturday, March 17, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, March 18, Noon-5pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday, March 20-22, Noon-4pm
  • Friday, March 23, 10am-Noon

The 15th annual ArtFest Week is almost here. The community is invited to take part in this popular week-long celebration of Art in Arlington. Highlights include an art show and sale featuring the works of 35 Arlington-based artists, in paintings of many genres, ceramics, sculpture, artists cards, and unframed works.

Full schedule available on www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org. Free and open to the public.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, March 16 from 6-8pm, and events will take place throughout the week. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments in the historic 1902 Hendry House.

FREE workshops through this artful week include the following:

  • Saturday, March 17
    • 11am: Add Zest to Your Watercolor Work with Brusho. In this hands on workshop led by Judy Isaacs, work with dried crystals that spread when water is applied. Participants will have an opportunity to experiment with crystals that give a burst of color and texture when applied with watercolor. A variety of papers (including yupo) will be available to experiment with. FREE!
    • 2pm: Working with Oil Bars on Stone Paper.
      Oil bars and stone paper are made for each other. The bars slide so smoothly that you draw and paint at the same time. During this demonstration watch as Jackie Afram creates the beginning of a landscape or still life. FREE!
  • Sunday, March 18
    • 12 noon: Paint Your Favorite Animal
      Artist Gerda Lane will lead this hands-on activity where kids trace and paint their favorite animal in watercolor or crayons. Kids will create artwork to take home and share with families. All materials provided. Ages: Families Welcomed. FREE!
    • 1:30 pm: Introduction to Sumi-e
      Watch Carol Waite as she demonstrates the timeless art of oriental brush painting on rice paper. Participants may bring their own materials and join in.
    • 1:30 pm: Civil War “Treasure Hunt”
      Elementary school aged children accompanied by an adult will search for answers to historical Civil War questions about Arlington, Fort CF Smith and Washington, DC. Clues are found on the grounds of the Fort CF Smith property. A “Treasure” will be provided to successful participants along with refreshments! Led by Todd Parker, meet at the front door of the Hendry House. FREE!
    • 3:00 pm: Historic Photographic Processes and the Cyanotype
      Photography, as we know it, has been around since 1839, and has evolved from salted papers to computer generated prints. Learn from Liz Vance about some early photographic processes, and how to create your own cyanotype. Cyanotype kits will be available for purchase. Ages: All ages welcome, children under 8 must have an adult present.
  • Tuesday, March 20
    • 2-3:30 pm: Chalk and Brush Lettering Demonstration
      Join artist Mary Jennings and learn how to create beautiful hand lettered art, signage and notecards. FREE!
  • Thursday, March 22
    • 2-4:00 pm Canvas Floor Cloth Painting
      Floor-cloth Making (Painted Canvas Floor Covering). Watch as Mary Jennings demonstrates the design process, execution and finishing of a hand-painted rug. These long lasting types of floor coverings are a great way to add a unique flare and protective covering to your floor. FREE!
  • Friday, March 23
    • 10am-12pm: Art Show is Open