52nd Wickford Art Festival – July 12, 2014, 10 am - 6 pm & July 13, 2014, 10 am - 5 pm
The 52nd Wickford Art Festival returns to coastal Wickford
Village on Saturday July 12 and Sunday 13, 2014. Join 200 artists from all over
the country and world as they display their art amongst historic
homes, eclectic shops and quaint streets. Handicap accessible and family friendly, this fine art festival draws art lovers from throughout New England with crowds up to 75,000 attending yearly. Admission is free.
Produced by the Wickford Art Association (WAA), sponsored by
Centreville Bank and Gooseneck Vineyards, the Wickford Art Festival is one of
the longest running, outdoor, fine art festivals in New England. North American
artists will be traveling from as far away as Florida, Arizona and Canada.
Quanqiang Gao, a respected Chinese artist will be making his American debut at the Wickford Art Festival exhibiting his large scale, modern ink artwork. Artist mediums include oil, acrylic, fiber, drawing, sculpture in metal, clay and glass, pastel, carved wood, mixed media, modern ink, photography, glass and more. All art is one of a kind or limited, signed and numbered editions. Artists will be in their booths to meet attendees, discuss their inspiration and method of creation. New this year is Rhode Island is the first state in the nation to go tax-free on the sale of fine art!
Thank you to Centreville Bank for their generous support as our event sponsor. Centreville Bank is committed to the arts, devoted to our community and we are thrilled to welcome them as a partner. Stop by Updike Park to get your bag of fresh popcorn courtesy of Centreville Bank! We also welcome back Gooseneck Wines as a sponsor this year and appreciate their continued support of the arts and this festival. Gooseneck Vineyards is hosting a wine tasting throughout the weekend at Wickford Package Store. Try their delicious wines: see our website for times. Snap a selfie in our selfie booth and get a free Festival sticker, while they last.
The festival cumulates with the Annual Scholarship Raffle of Fine Art held on Sunday afternoon. Proceeds of the raffle benefit the WAA Scholarship Fund which awards $5,000 in scholarships to three RI high school seniors attending an art college. This year’s winners will be exhibiting in the festival adnwe encourage you to stop by their booths to see their work. WAA, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded in 1962 to educate its membership, the local community and general public and to promote the arts in the community. The festival’s proceeds support the art association’s numerous art programs and community events, all open to the public.
Art Festival hours are Saturday July 12th 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday July 13th 10
am to 5 pm and the festival goes on in rain or shine. Artists exhibit on Main
Street, Brown Street, West
Main Street and several side roads in Wickford Village. Take the time to taste the local cuisine, visit our beautiful harbor, beach and many stores in Wickford Village: don’t forget to come back during the year! Parking for the festival is free on certain streets just outside of the village. Parking is available at Wilson Park and Wickford Elementary School within walking distance or take a short shuttle ride into the heart of the festival. Wickford is located 25 minutes south of Providence, 20 minutes from Newport, RI and less than 1 hour drive from CT and MA. Visit www.wickfordart.org or www.facebook.com/wickfordartfestival or call 401-294-6840 for more information.