Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival Expands for Next Year

by Fatimah Waseem November 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm 8 Comments

The 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be bigger than ever this year. The festival, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the Greater Reston Arts Center, will become a three-day event instead of a two-day event.

It is scheduled to take place on May 19 through 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. GRACE added Friday to the event in order to open up the festival to the 10,000-person workforce in Reston Town Center and make it “bigger and better than ever,” GRACE says.

“Making the very significant logistical investment in a Friday opening provides a new, built-in, affluent buying audience looking for world-class art for their offices, homes, for gifts, and more,” according to a statement by the center.

The competitive, juried event is consistently rated as one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country, both for the quality of the artwork presented and for its artist hospitality.

GRACE also plans to move its Festival Party, which is sponsored by M Group and The Counter, to Saturday night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Artist awards, sponsored by Boston Properties, will be announced during the party.

Last year’s festival raised about $275,000 for GRACE’s operating budget, executive director and curator Lily Siegel told Reston Now. It attracts an estimated 30,000 visitors a year, GRACE says.

Anyone interested in applying to submit art for the festival can do so online. Applications can be submitted in 16 different categories, including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass, sculpture and more. Artist applications for juror review must be submitted by Dec. 10.

Free garage parking is available each day.

Photo courtesy of GRACE

  • concordpoint

    I believe Boston Properties is sponsoring not Boston Parties as mentioned in the article.

    • Mike M

      Maybe a name change and a more socially positive attitude would help them?

  • Drip

    Clearly, it’s Boston Properties by day, but when they stop fleecing people after 5 pm, they become “Boston Parties” and shenanigans ensue. So there, the article is accurate.

  • tattler

    With all the empty retail space at the RTC right now, they might be able to move this festival indoors next year.

  • Why do you bother?

    Next step: Move the event OUT OF RTC.

    • Greg

      Agreed, but to where?

      • Donald

        How about a Reston facility that belongs to the members versus the non-assessment-paying RTC. Perhaps Lake Anne Plaza? Or, any one of the ball field areas?


      • Why do you bother?

        Dulles exp center?


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