Galveston Island, TX – Historic Downtown Galveston will come alive this weekend with the 12th Annual ARToberFest. The Island’s premier art event will be in the heart of the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District - on Postoffice St. between 21st and 23rd Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ARToberFEST will feature 125 quality artists and artisans – all showcasing their works in a relaxed atmosphere with a variety of antique shops, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants in and around the festival site.
Offering “the beauty of art in its purest form,” ARToberFEST features all type of media including, clay, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, pastels, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, watercolor, and wood. Oftentimes artists can be seen painting at their easel or creating clay pottery on a potter’s wheel during the event.
“ARToberFEST has the relaxed feel of an art stroll,” says Kathy Modzelewski, ARToberFEST director. “The artists are excited to share their work with the visitors in a unique and historic setting.”
Galveston’s Historic Downtown is lined with shops, galleries and restaurants. Many festivals are held in the area throughout the year, including Mardi Gras Galveston, Downtown Lofts Tour, and Oktoberfest.
“Postoffice St. has a European ambience, tree-lined streets and pavestone sidewalks lined with bistro tables and chairs. It’s a great combination of history and art,” added Modzelewski.
The aftermath of Hurricane Ike forced organizers to cancel last year’s ARToberFEST, but Postoffice St. and downtown Galveston has returned, with reopened businesses and several new shops, galleries, and restaurants ready for visitors. It is certain that ARToberFEST artists and visitors are anxious to return this year to celebrate Galveston’s rebirth and renewal.
ARToberFEST admission is $5 and free for children under 12. A portion of the admission will benefit the Galveston Island Humane Society, the AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas, and Help4Galveston, all of whose volunteers assist with the event. ARToberFEST also donates free booth space to local high school and college art students, enabling them to obtain valuable experience in the real world of creating, marketing, and selling their artwork. Journey downtown to Postoffice St. during ARToberFEST, and enjoy shopping and festivities amidst the lively, restored charm of the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District.
For more details about ARToberFEST, visit www.artoberfest.com or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.