NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia – If you’re an artist or art lover, you’ll want to head to Port Warwick next weekend.
The Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival will be celebrating its 17th year in Styron Square in Port Warwick from October 9-10. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This “boutique art exhibition” is a jury-paneled art exhibition and the intention of the festival organizers is to present world-class works of art, designed by artists who demonstrate innovation and originality. .
This year’s festival will feature more than 70 performers, many of whom are local and up and down the East Coast as well as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The media included in the festival are: sculpture, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal, painting, drawing and graphics, photography and wood. More than half are returning artists, and all are excited to be exhibiting in outdoor shows again after COVID-19.
The festival will feature performances throughout the weekend from Patrick Ryan, Zen Mojo, Lana Puckett and Kim Person, Runnin Shine (acoustic version), Beth Turner and the Latin Jazz Conspiracy.
Something new and fun this year will be Latin dance lessons by professional dancer Tiarra Johnson, accompanied by the Latin Jazz Conspiracy, giving participants the opportunity to learn salsa, mambo or cha cha. Dance Works Dance Troupe and Arts Ballet Academy will also perform during the weekend.
There will also be something for the kids with fun activities in the Children’s Space and the return of the Young Collectors Tent, where the youngest patrons of the festival (under 14) can buy works of art donated by exhibiting artists at a reduced price. prices.
Sip wine or beer in the festival tent and tempt your taste buds with a range of delicious food trucks including Sate Kitchen, Empanada Workshop, Jessie Lou’s and 13 Bakery & Bistro.
All of this in beautiful Styron Square sets the stage for a perfect way to relax, shop with the artisans and enjoy the weekend.
This year’s judge will be Jennifer Myers, a conservation fellow from the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk. It comes from the Chrysler at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston.
The Port Warwick Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, hosts other popular events throughout the year, including the summer concert series, tree lighting of vacation scheduled for November 27 and the Jazz Series, which takes place on Sundays in April and September.
All events, including the Art & Sculpture Festival, are sponsored by VHS Virginia Health Services.
The festival will take place rain or shine.
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