There’s always something new under the downtown art show sun.
And we do mean “sun.” The annual event always seems to be held on the hottest weekend of the year.
This year’s 45th art show — that’s what everyone calls it, though the official name is the Westport Fine Arts Festival — will expand to Church Lane.
Last year’s return to Main Street and Elm Street — after a few years hidden in Parker Harding Plaza — was hailed by artists and art-lovers alike. Over 9,000 people attended.
According to the sponsoring Westport Downtown Merchants Association, the 2017 show was ranked 34th in the nation.
Also new this year: an expanded jury of prominent local artists and experts.
The panel — with graphic artist Miggs Burroughs, Westport Arts Center director Amanda Innes, Westport Library curator Chris Timmons, town arts curator Kathleen Bennewitz, WDMA and The Visual Brand president Randy Herbertson, and festival director Sue Brown Gordon — has already selected over 160 high-quality local, national and international artists. They span a broad variety of categories, and include last year’s Best in Show winner, photographer Mark MacKinnon.
The downtown art show — er, Fine Arts Festival — is set for the weekend of July 14-15. We know 2 things:
- It will be filled with excellent art, music, food and fun.
- It will be hot. Wear sunscreen!
PS: The logo is new too: