YOU ARE INVITED
TO APPLY TO THE 22ND ANNUAL BETHESDA ROW ARTS FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 12–13, 2019

Each October, 190 leading artists nationwide turn Bethesda Row’s Arts and Entertainment District into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. “Art Fair Sourcebook” has recognized the Bethesda Row Arts Festival (BRAF) as one of the top 30 Fine Art Shows in the United States, attracting 45,000 art patrons over the two-day event. Bethesda Row, just outside of Washington, DC, features more than 50 fine shops, upscale galleries and unique restaurants with outdoor seating. A few short blocks from the Metro, and on the Capital Crescent Trail, the area is accessible to the entire region by subway, bus, car and bike.
NEW FOR 2019
 

APPLY TO PARTICIPATE

$50 application fee
Apply online through May 31, 2019

The festival takes place on the streets of Bethesda Row, located in Bethesda, Maryland (Woodmont, Ave., Bethesda Ave., and Elm St.). Streets are closed to traffic during the Festival. Set-up begins early-morning, Saturday, October 13th.

The Festival attracts 45,000 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.

 

ARTISTIC CATEGORIES

 

CERAMICS

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

DIGITAL ART

Includes 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 & PASTELS

Work 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

FIBER - DECORATIVE

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

 

FIBER - WEARABLE

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

GLASS

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

GRAPHICS / PRINTMAKING

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

JEWELRY

All 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.

 

METALWORK

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

MIXED MEDIA 2D

Two-dimensional work that incorporated more than one type of physical material in their production.

MIXED MEDIA 3D

Three-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production.

OIL / ACRYLIC

Two-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.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Prints 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

Three-dimensional work created in any medium.

WATERCOLOR

Creation 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

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

BECOME AN EVENT PARTNER

 

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 30,000 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 include: 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 12-13, 2019