"In our 6th decade, we welcome visitors and artists from throughout the region and beyond. The Festival features 250 diverse Booth Artisans who transform six blocks of historic downtown. Extending down to the water, Arts at the Port explores the theme "Air, Earth, Water" through over 40 regional fine artists and a Youth Art Exhibition. Working Studios feature demonstrating artists. And we're introducing ink alley, a new indie craft area!
Hands-on Youth Activities spark the creativity of the youngest Festival-goers. We offer regional and ethnic foods at our Island Eatery food court and dispersed throughout the Festival. Wine, beer and spirits are available at three Festival locations, including our new waterfront pub. Entertainmentis expanding to three stages and includes lively rock, country, jazz and world music, as well as performance art."
With a new director comes a few new changes to the show this year. And they all look pretty awesome!
"ink alley is our new indie craft area intersecting Commercial at 6th street. Indie craft is a new trend with a younger, more urban aesthetic - often incorporating repurposed materials. It will feature more local artists
(like Slow Loris who designed the logo).
Our new Waterfront Pub & Port Stage is located on the Port Dock at the far north end of the Festival. The pub will offer micro-brews, wine & limited spirits. While you sip, enjoy the lineup on our newest stage including cirque performance, dance & theater.
Working Studios is a new name for our demonstrating artist area. This years exciting lineup includes a public art graffiti project, a steampunk installation, living sculptures, chalk art, blacksmithing, stone carving, and a community tree project.
Look for the addition of food trucks, disbursed throughout the Festival this year. They offer unique food items, coffees and snacks in compact, creative vehicles."
Here's the scoop --
Dates: Aug 1 - 3
Hours: Fri - Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5
Soapworks Studio Booth Location: 513C (same spot as last few years)
Commercial Ave btwn 5th & 6th Streets, just a few doors south of Gere-A-Deli, in the center row