FESTIVALL ART FAIRS
The 13th Annual FestivALL Capitol Street Art Fair, June 24-25, has been a main event of FestivALL since it began. One of the premier juried fairs in West Virginia, the fair includes fine art and fine crafts that are made by over 100 artisans from across the state and beyond. It is reknowned for the high quality of its work and the opportunities to interact with the artisans. Media include fine art and photography, pottery, jewelry, glass, fine furniture and wood products, musical instruments, metal works, sculpture, textiles and apparel, bath and body products, specialty foods, and toys. Artisans also include face-painters and caricaturists. The fair is held under long tents that stretch along Capitol Street between Quarrier and Washington Street, East.
The Children’s Art Fair and Library Street Fair are held at the same time on an adjacent block of Capitol Street, between Virginia and Quarrier Streets. This is also a great place for families to roam. Activities include free make and take crafts for children, a children’s art sale with work by children and youth from over a dozen Kanawha County neighborhood partners, a stage with child-friendly performances, and games and other activities for younger children. The Library Street Fair component, which is on Saturday only, includes the Wow Photo Booth, the Friends of the Library bake sale, activities on the Library Plaza, and a used book sale. The activities are designed to be accessible to children with disabilities, whose participation is encouraged.
The atmosphere at the fairs is enhanced by street performers and two additional performance stages, one at the intersection of Capitol Street and Fife Alley and the other in Davis Park. Dance performances are offered in Davis Park on Saturday afternoon.
The FestivALL Harvest Art Fair (formerly known as the Harvest Gift Boutique), which is held on October 21-22, began as a main event of FestivALL Fall. This juried fair is an indoor extension of the summer street fair. It takes place at the elegant Woman’s Club on Charleston on the East End by the Capitol. The same high standards apply to the fine art and fine crafts, and most of the thirty or more artisans also participate in the Capitol Street Art Fair. This event continues to grow in popularity as a staple of FestivALL Fall and a popular stop for early holiday shopping for hand-crafted gifts. The Harvest Art Fair also includes free make and take activities for children.
FestivALL Art Fairs organizers also run the FestivALL Neighborhood Arts Program. Leading up to the Children’s Art Fair and Library Street Fair, professional artisans partner with six area after-school programs to provide arts instruction to over 200 children each year. Art and crafts produced by the children are sold at the children’s art sale. Some of the work is also submitted to Art-for-ALL, the children’s juried art exhibition that is held at the Clay Center in June, at the same time as FestivALL.
The FestivALL Art Fairs promote and celebrate creativity in people of all ages and support the economic enterprises of professional artisans and performers. Children are encouraged from an early age to participate in, enjoy, and excel in the arts. Children and families also meet and talk with artisans who are role models for making a living by doing what they love to do, year around.
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