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Discover why artists love our “High quality Buyers” with “great buying energy”

October 9-10, 2021

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$50 application fee.

The Festival attracts high income attendees come from the Washington, DC Metro Area, and the surrounding suburbs of Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Upper Northwest. The three mile radius around the Festival has an average household income of $196,910, making it one of the nation’s most affluent and educated art marketplaces.

The event is promoted through a targeted and integrated marketing plan, which includes a comprehensive social media and internet campaign, magazine and newspaper advertising, postcards and posters, and radio promotion. Our public relation firm works with the local chamber of commerce and urban district to engage the community, and reach out to new audiences.

Engaging, answering questions and sharing my unique work with many show attendees.

Great interaction with knowledgeable buyers.

Quality, high-end buyers.

Great buying energy this year!

The incredible amount of buyers.

Enjoyed the engaging crowd. And the great weather.

Speaking with lots of engaged customers about my art.

How the abundant attendees loved my product and didn’t flinch at price points!

Please apply under one (or more) of the 16 Artistic Disciplines. Roll over each icon for more information.

Ceramics

Ceramics

CeramicsOriginal clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
Digital Art

Digital Art

Digital ArtIncludes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, on archival papers, inks and emulsions.
Drawing

Drawing

DrawingWork created using dry medium including pencil, chalk, pastel or charcoal, etc. or from fluid mediums like inks and washes applied by pen or brush. A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals. All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.
Decorative Fiber

Decorative Fiber

Decorative FiberAny work created from fiber, including leather and basketry. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.
Wearable Fiber

Wearable Fiber

Wearable FiberAny work created from fiber, including leather. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed
Glass

Glass

GlassGlasswork that has been handcrafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming. No alterations of pre-fabricated glass objects.
Graphics

Graphics

GraphicsOriginal works created using traditional printmaking methods including block, lithograph, serigraph, etc.
Jewelry

Jewelry

JewelryAll jewelry must be entered into this category. NO STRUNG PEARLS OR BEADS. You may only display jewelry if you have been accepted in this category.
Metal

Metal

MetalIncludes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Mixed MediaTwo-dimensional work that incorporated more than one type of physical material in their production.
Mixed Media 3D

Mixed Media 3D

Mixed Media 3DThree-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production.
Oil/Acrylic

Oil/Acrylic

Oil/AcrylicTwo-dimensional work created in oils / acrylics. A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals. All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.
Photo

Photo

PhotoPrints created from the artist's original negative processed by the artist. Prints must be framed to hang on the walls. If prints are in a bin, they must be matted and signed.
Sculpture

Sculpture

SculptureThree-dimensional work created in any medium.
Watercolor

Watercolor

WatercolorCreation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors. A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals. All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.
Wood

Wood

WoodOriginal works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

PLEASE READ ABOUT OUR COMMITMENT AND COVID-19 PLANS

The 2021 Bethesda Arts Festival offers a lot of promise. October 9-10 should coincide with a broad and enthusiastic “re-opening”, and we expect demand for our outdoor Festival — and your art work — to be at all-time high. We are working with local governments and health departments to create a safe environment while also preserving the aesthetic, energy and ambiance of the Festival.

Operational decisions will be made in the months leading up to the Festival. We ask for your patience, trust and partnership, which we hope we have earned over the years, as we make decisions in the best interest of all.

In the unlikely event that the Festival has to be cancelled, we assure you that:

  • Prior jury selection (on or before July 15, 2021), all applications fees paid will be refunded
  • After jury selection (after July 15, 2021), booth fees and tent rental fees paid will be refunded

2019 Award Winners

We are happy to share our 2019 Award Winners. Click on their images for more information.

  1. Debra AdelsonDisciplineJewelryAwardThird Place
  2. Bobby GoldsmithDisciplineDrawing/PastelsAwardSecond Place
  3. Richard Wilson Fine Arts & Graphics Inc.Richard WilsonDisciplineDrawing/PastelsAwardBest in Show
  4. Jarjour PotteryBashar Jarjour and Roula JarjourDisciplineCeramicsAwardBest in Discipline
  5. JD Dennison LLCJD DennisonDisciplineDigital ArtAwardBest in Discipline
  6. Jeffrey CannonDisciplineDrawing/PastelsAwardBest in Discipline
  7. batik by amitAmos AmitDisciplineFiber - DecorativeAwardBest in Discipline
  8. Maritza Silk DesignMaritza NewmanDisciplineFiber - WearableAwardBest in Discipline
  9. Russell GlassworksDavid RussellDisciplineGlassAwardBest in Discipline
  10. Midnight Oil Studio & WorkshopJonathan Metzger and Allison MetzgerDisciplineGraphics & PrintmakingAwardBest in Discipline
  11. nyeariSheko Kirby & Sarkis Chouljian and Sarkis ChouljianDisciplineJewelryAwardBest in Discipline
  12. Rustbelt RebirthDoug MeyerDisciplineMetalworkAwardBest in Discipline
  13. Jupi's Art & ConsultingJupi DasDisciplineMixed Media 2DAwardBest in Discipline
  14. Ana Barragan LLCAna Maria Barragan and Ana BarraganDisciplineMixed Media 3DAwardBest in Discipline
  15. Steel & GrainKevin ScheimreifDisciplineMixed Media 3DAwardBest in Discipline
  16. Gary StretarDisciplineOil/AcrylicAwardBest in Discipline
  17. Christos J. PaliosChristos PaliosDisciplinePhotographyAwardBest in Discipline
  18. Turtlepoint Driftwood LLCLarry RinggoldDisciplineSculptureAwardBest in Discipline
  19. P.A. Kessler StudioPatricia (Pam) KesslerDisciplineWatercolorAwardBest in Discipline

New for 2019

Starter Gallery - Emerging Artists in the Lane

You gotta start somewhere! We know that collecting art can be daunting — so many styles and disciplines, in every price point. Introducing “stARTer gallery” — a separate cluster of tents located on Bethesda Lane, featuring local and emerging artists showcasing their works to first-time and novice art collectors. To assist with the process, student art curators are on-hand to ensure your connections with the artists are personal and meaningful.

Volunteer as an Art Ambassador

New for 2019

We invite you to participate with us as an Art Ambassador — volunteers who assist with patron services, relieving artists, and creating a fun and hospitable environment for all to enjoy! The only skill needed is a big smile and the willingness to help out.

Sign Up Now

DOWNLOAD THE
FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Catalog Cover

The official festival program will be inserted into the Sunday, October 6 Washington Post, and is available at stores throughout Bethesda Row — and, of course, will be available on-site from our Art Ambassadors. Click on the image above to download a PDF version today, and start planning your visit!

How To
Get
Here

LOCATED IN ThE hEART OF BEThESDA,
GETTING hERE IS EASY.

METRO

The show is two blocks from the Bethesda Metro Station (Red Line). At the top of the escalator, turn left through the bus terminal to Woodmont Avenue. Turn left on Woodmont and walk into the festival.

DRIVING

The public garage in the middle of the festival is accessible from Bethesda Avenue via Arlington Road, and other lots near the event are also open. Please do not park in private lots, or the lots of other businesses.

BIKING

The Capital Crescent Trail crosses the show at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue. There is plenty of bike parking throughout the show. Please do not block sidewalks or walkways.

Event Partners

Partnership opportunities are still available for the Bethesda Row Arts Festival! Give your organization an opportunity to connect with the surrounding community!

Each October, more than 35.000 people gather to witness Bethesda Row’s transformation into an outdoor art gallery featuring 190 of the finest artists. Come take part and support the local community!

Marketing for Bethesda Row Arts Festival will be comprehensive, and includes internet, magazine, newspaper, postcards, posters, street banners, television, transit, and radio. Marketing is targeted to individuals with high disposable income and interest in fine arts. Upon sponsorship confirmation, your organization will be featured on the Bethesda Row Arts Festival website and on all festival promotional material.

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Bethesda Row Arts Festival

October 9-10, 2021

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