Downtown Art Show: Bigger And Better Than Ever

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.

Sculptures filled the street in front of Banana Republic, at last year’s summer art show.

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:

  1. It will be filled with excellent art, music, food and fun.
  2. It will be hot. Wear sunscreen!

PS: The logo is new too:

8 responses to “Downtown Art Show: Bigger And Better Than Ever

  1. Sal Liccione

    It will be great a lot to do so please we ask everybody from all over Westport just stop down take a walk downtown and shop and eat look at the art they food will be rely good and the peaple

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    Cute logo!

    Betting itโ€™s a Miggs design?


  3. Is this the same weekend as the Library Book sale?

  4. Sharon Paulsen, the logo was actually done by Randy Herbertson, our WDMA president and owner of The Visual Brand. However, we are all fans of Miggs’ work too! Perhaps there is a future partnership there? ๐Ÿ˜‰