Presented by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)
Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20
10 am – 5 pm daily
Reston Town Center
Free Garage Parking
New this year, Festival Friday!
For 27 years, the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival has brought more than 200 fine artists from across the nation presenting original works in 16 categories of fine art and fine craft to the unique outdoor environment of Reston Town Center. This year, Festival Friday on May 18 will expand the experience with a focus on the Reston workforce. Reston Town Center merchants will be offering unique Festival Friday deals, that day only. And, Festival programs will once again be available on-site with almost $200 worth of restaurant coupons – with a $5 donation to GRACE, it will pay for itself over lunch.
The Festival’s Title Sponsor, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, will have an impressive and flavorful presence during the event. Their newest location will be open this spring in Reston Town Center at the ground level of the new Signature apartments.
Volunteer! Adopt-an-Artist! #MakeArtHappen
Support the 2018 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is produced by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), the largest 501(c)3 non-profit in Reston solely dedicated to enhancing community life through excellence and involvement in the visual arts. GRACE relies on the community’s support for the success of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, its largest annual fundraiser. Support comes in lots of ways ranging from tasks taken on by 500 volunteers to funding from event sponsors. Through the Adopt-An-Artist program, $100 donations made in advance directly support GRACE’s renowned artist hospitality package. At the same time, donors create a very personal connection to the adopted artist and to the Festival experience.
Festival Party and Artist Awards
May 19, 7 – 10 pm
Reston Town Center Pavilion
This artful evening, sponsored by the M Group Architects, will celebrate the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival artists with the announcement of the 2018 Awards of Excellence, sponsored by Boston Properties, as selected by Festival judges. Baltimore-based artist Laure Drogoul will present The Illuminated Fountain of Extinction, a living tableau of natural and post-natural creatures inspired by illuminated manuscripts. The Festival Party will feature food from The Counter Custom Burgers, Blue Moon beer courtesy of On Tap, and wine courtesy of Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market. Tickets to this not-to-be-missed bash are complimentary to participating Festival artists, and a benefit to GRACE supporters at the Member level and above. Those who Adopt-an-Artist or become a member of GRACE will receive a complimentary invitation to the party.
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is made possible with the support of generous sponsors, including those in the local community – Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market – Reston, Reston Community Center and Reston Town Center Association, The M Group Architects + Interior Architects, The Counter Custom Burgers, Reston Town Center, Avant at Reston Town Center, Signature at Reston Town Center, The Spectrum at Reston Town Center, North Point Village Center, and Pella Windows – among other valued supporters who provide important in-kind services and funding.
A “Bedrock Institution” – 50 for 50 Award presented to GRACE
In January, GRACE was honored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the state arts agency, to receive one of its prestigious “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” in the category of Bedrock Institutions.
Pictured top left: Ceramic by KC Osvog
Pictured top right: Art buyers at the 2017 event – photo credit Don Renner