The dates are set for the region’s longest running and largest fine arts festival - the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). Celebrating its 22nd Anniversary, the premiere event for art lovers and enthusiasts will take place the weekend of May 17-19, 2013 illuminating the streets of Reston Town Center. The top-rated, annual juried fine art Festival is produced by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a 501(c) 3 non-profit, whose mission is to enrich community life by promoting involvement and excellence in the visual arts. The three-day event attracts hundreds and thousands of patrons from across the region and provides a personal, interactive experience to view, purchase, and experience art directly from the unique and talented artists featured. The festival will open on Friday night (May 17) with an artful “happy hour” featuring an upscale opening party surrounded by over 200 contemporary art exhibitors.
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. Over 200 master artisans in 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.
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. Donation proceeds 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 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Held in the heart of the Reston Town Center at the Town Center Pavilion, the party is an opportunity for art lovers, sponsors, media, donors, and for the public to celebrate this annual event, while helping raise funds for GRACE’s educational programs. The party features live music, entertainment, silent auction, signature cocktails, and local prominent business leaders and elected officials.