Whether it is seeing the intricate brush strokes of an oil painting, learning how recyclables can be turned into treasures or discovering unique angles to photographing everyday items, the Frederick Festival of the Arts offers the community, including kids, a great opportunity to take away a better understanding of the arts.
The annual festival, now in its 28th year, is set to take place June 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick. The juried event features approximately 150 artists and fine crafters that are local and from all over the country, including Arizona, Florida, Michigan and California. Various art media will be represented, including painting, fiber, photography, pottery, glasswork and mixed media. Fine crafters will be selling various items, including jewelry, handbags, candles, cutting boards, pet accessories and more.
The free event, which is hosted by the Frederick Arts Council and Howard Alan Events, is “a chance to see the sheer breadth of human imagination and creativity,” says Elizabeth Dashiell, festival spokesperson.
Not only is the event in a picturesque location along the creek, but it also gives patrons the opportunity to meet the artists and crafters behind the pieces they are seeing and discover how they made their work and what inspired them. “(The experience) expands the mind as well as being beautiful,” she says.
Every year, the show puts together a roster of different artists and crafters. “People who go year after year will see their favorite local artists, but the visiting artists and the visiting crafters are brand new,” she says. Price points vary per vendor but range from affordable to high-end pieces.
Some specialty food will be available for patrons to eat, but individuals are encouraged to visit the many downtown-area restaurants for dining options. Due to the limited space on Carroll Creek and high volume of crowds expected, folks are asked to leave their dogs at home with the exception of service animals.
For additional information, explore Visit Frederick’s website.