The Arts Community of Easton is seeking artists and artisans to participate in the 16th Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts to be held on Larry Holmes Drive along the scenic Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, where they meet in Easton PA. The festival is on Saturday and Sunday, September 22+23, the same weekend as Movies @ the Mill; a jam-packed weekend of Arts in Easton.
The Riverside Festival is a multi-arts event, the centerpiece of which is a Juried Art Show and Sale showcasing local artists and artisans from the regional area. Art and fine crafts will be exhibited for sale and for evaluation by this year’s panel of judges. $1600 in cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: Fine Arts, which includes painting, drawing, pastel, printmaking, photography and sculpture; and Fine Crafts — featuring jewelry, mosaic, fabric and fiber, stained glass, metalwork, pysanky eggs, woodwork, clay work, cigar-box string instruments, and plenty more unique art.
The Riverside Festival of the Arts has historically attracted thousands of individuals who come to view and purchase the art, listen to live music, partake in literary events and watch & learn art demos, and more. Famous poet Gerald Stern plans to do a reading from some of his favorite work this year. This festival hosted over 50 artists and fine craftsmen in the last couple of years.
We hope to welcome back figure-painting local NYU art professor and local personality, Dr. Barnaby Ruhe. Back by popular demand, this year will also feature a 3rd annual Plein Air Painting Contest, thanks to local sponsor Metris Arts Consulting. We also plan to also have the first Crayola sidewalk chalk art exhibition, and there is a free ‘Chase the Chill’ knitting class… loads of events are brewing, for this picture-perfect setting to enjoy art.
ACE and Riverside Festival Committee thank the 2012 festival Premier Sponsor, the Phillipsburg Mall. Other major sponsors so far for 2012 include Crayola, the City of Easton, and WDIY (Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio).
Easton artist Matthew Nixon just unveiled his painting for the 2012 posters, which you will soon be spying all over the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
This festival’s mission is “to promote the Easton and Two Rivers area as a cultural/arts center to benefit the community and to build bridges between the visual, literary and performing arts” …save the date.
For more information or to download an artist application or learn more about sponsorship opportunities refer to www.EastonRiversideFest.com.