Whether you are a collector of artisan crafts, a connoisseur of fine art, or a fan of the performing arts, you’ll find the 9th Annual Rockville Arts Festival is an art lover’s dream. The region’s premier arts festival takes place Saturday-Sunday, September 4-5, 2021, at Rockville Town Square. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, rain or shine. Admission is free. Come for the day and enjoy fabulous art, free music, art demonstrations and great food choices from the eateries at Rockville Town Square and the Festival’s food trucks.
Originally known as A-RTS, the Rockville Arts Festival is produced by VisArts, the area’s leading visual arts organization. “We see the Festival as a natural extension of our mission to use the arts to transform lives and connect individuals of all ages and abilities,” explains VisArts Executive Director Alice Nappy. “Artists – and the art they are creating – bring heart and soul to our community.”
Throughout the weekend, the VisArts team will transform the streets surrounding Rockville Town Square into a vibrant outdoor gallery full of stunning art, live music and performances, demonstrations, and artisanal foods. “The Festival offers art that is affordable, engaging and that will appeal to the casual shopper as well as the serious collector,” says Festival Director Robin Markowitz.
Festival goers can discover a truly diverse group of 140 master artists from across the country -- all of whom share a passion for creating the finest art available in America today. They work in ceramics, drawings, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media. A complete list of artists and media will be available at www.rockvilleartsfestival.org.
The Festival will be held rain or shine at Rockville Town Square, located at 200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, MD 20850, and on the surrounding streets (Maryland Avenue and E. Middle Lane). Streets are closed to traffic for the Festival. The Festival is within easy walking distance from the Rockville Metro station on the Red Line. Parking is available at numerous garages conveniently located around the site. More information is available about parking and dining is at http://rockvilletownsquare.com.
VisArts is a non-profit organization with a mission to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. Since our founding in 1987, more than 600,000 individuals of all ages and abilities have enjoyed innovative arts experiences that cultivate creativity, problem solving, and an appreciation for the visual arts. In addition to our arts education classes, VisArts showcases vibrant contemporary art exhibitions in our four galleries and provides artists with a collaborative environment to create new work in our artist studios. Through a host of outreach initiatives, VisArts reaches communities previously underserved by arts organizations and provides support through scholarships, artists stipends, and free and discounted classes. www.visartscenter.org.