Bethesda Row Arts Festival Returns This Weekend

Seven Montgomery County artists were selected to participate in this year's festival

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The 2017 Bethesda Row Arts Festival

Via Aversa Communications

An outdoor gallery on Bethesda Row on Saturday and Sunday will showcase the work of 190 nationally acclaimed artists for the 21st annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival. Seven of the jury-selected artists are based in Montgomery County.

Rain or shine, the festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. About 45,000 people attended the festival last year.

The event is free and open to the public, and will include a special art sale to benefit the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities. Folk art, blown glass, hand-forged jewelry and watercolor paintings are just a few examples of the types of art that will be for sale. Artworks range in price from $45 to $20,000.

There will be live music performances over the weekend on a stage at the intersection of Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue. Hari Vasan, Wytold and Bourbon Moon will perform Saturday; World Jazz and The 19th Street Band will perform Sunday. Jugglers and dancers will perform pop-up performance art Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The county artists participating in this year’s festival are:

Pablo Martone of Bethesda;
Jeffrey Oh of Olney;
Laurie BreenMeg DickersonTerry Pool, and Louisa Powell of Silver Spring; and
Joseph English of Washington Grove.

Bethesda Central Farm Market, which operates at Bethesda Elementary School at 7600 Arlington Road, will be closed Sunday for the arts festival.

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