Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center announced today that they will be hosting the 18th annual Artsfest on September 17th and 18th. Scheduled to commemorate Annmarie Koenig's birthday - one of the Annmarie Sculpture Garden's founders - Artsfest is set amidst the fine art and trees of the sculpture garden and Arts Center, providing an unforgettable festival experience for all ages.
Only an hour from Washington, D.C. or Baltimore, Maryland, Artsfest offers more than 150 artist booths to browse and shop and enjoy a variety of activities including the self art-making area of the Discovery Tent; paint, clay and sketching demonstrations at the Studio School; and skillful, silly play for kids at the Zany Zone.
Bands and entertainment acts will perform continuously throughout the garden including a special Sunday performance by two-time Grammy Award-winners, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer - a formidable powerhouse duo full of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country, and swing.
“Artsfest is one of the most popular and best fundraising events at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center," said Stacey Hann-Ruff, Executive Director of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. "We not only celebrate, fine art and music, but it also has a special and personal place in our heart - it commemorates the birthday of our dear founder, Annmarie Koenig.”
Hann-Ruff continued by stating, “Each year, Artsfest gets better and better. This year is no exception – we are so proud to not only bring artisans from around the U.S. to showcase their wares and have performances from a myriad of acts, but we are extremely delighted to have a very special performance by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer – a dynamic duo whose performance was made possible by the generous donation of the Maryland State Arts Council and national Endowment for the Arts."
Entrusted to Calvert County and the Koenig Foundation in the early 1990s, Annmarie Sculpture Garden - a non-profit - provides an unique setting for visitors to explore art and nature at the same time. Artsfest, which was established in 1993, attracts several hundred artists and performers, and thousands of visitors from around the country for a weekend full of fun, shopping, art, food, and music. Admission is $6 for adults; kids 11-years and under are free. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is located at 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, Maryland. Parking is free. For more information about Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center or Artsfest, go to www.annmariegarden.org.
The Artsfest ‘11 featured design
The Artsfest ’11 logo was painted by Ann Crain, a lifelong resident of the Chesapeake Bay region. Born in the small fishing village of Wachapreague on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Crain draws her inspiration from the personal connection she feels to the peaceful waters of the Bay, its rugged cliffs, and gentle breezes. For the Artsfest ’11 design, Crain was inspired by the excitement, colors, architecture, and atmosphere of Artsfest and Annmarie. The bright red bow of the Arts Building, an artist’s tent, and the surrounding trees are just a few of the elements she incorporated in the work. Annmarie is proud to feature Crain’s painting as the featured design for Artsfest ’11.
This year’s Artsfest features the work of over 150 artists from all over the country. From painters to potters; sculptors to jewelers; wood turners to photographers; to inventive non-traditional art—Artsfest offers something new and traditional for shoppers to see and purchase. Located both in- and outside, a few featured artists include: Theresita Eltz – a Artsfest fan favorite – who will showcase her functional and artistic pottery; and Artsfest newcomers, Devienann Anggraini’s modern, enamel jewelry; Jo Chamness’ cooper and stained glass sculptures; Myra Copus’ watercolor paintings; and William Alburger’s one-of-a-kind wood creations.
Performing Arts Highlights
Always an Artsfest attraction, this year Artsfest will host Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer on the main stage, Sunday, September 18th at 1:00p.m. These two-time Grammy award-winners, Fink & Marxer are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. For more than 20 years, the duo has released several albums for both children and adults, produced records for artists ranging from Tom Paxton to Patsy Montana, wrote over 200 songs, and have toured extensively. Individually and together, they’ve produced more than a dozen albums for other artists, served as studio musicians, and created a series of instruction materials and videos ranging from guitar and ukulele for kids to how to sing harmony. They have performed at the White House’s Easter Egg Roll, appeared on NPR, won several songwriting awards, and have been acknowledged for their work with children in the Congressional Record. Fink & Marxer’s performance has been made possible by the Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Other performances include the following:
Saturday Main Stage Council Ring
11:00 Fractual Folk - Folk Cosmic Flute Choir - Classical
12:00 Magic Ray Jazz - Jazz Captain John – Scottish/Irish Folk
1:00 The Logan Kraft Band – Rock/Country Renee Fabian – Solo Saxophone
2:00 Ashley Forrest - Country Doris Justis with Scott Morgan – Folk/Country/Pop
3:00 The Russell Sledge Continuum-Jazz Patuxent Voices – Traditional/Jazz/Pop
4:00 Crystal Brandt – Folk/Country/Rock Joyce Kinser - Jazz
Sunday Main Stage Council Ring
11:00 Port Tobacco Players - Bluegrass Abigail Francisco – Student Dance Ensemble
12:00 Scarlet Chord – Progressive Christian Rock Doug Alan Wilcox – Solo Acoustic
1:00 Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – Family Steve Gellman - Folk
2:00 Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer - Family Sax Appeal – Jazz/Blues/Dixieland
3:00 Carrico – Rock/Pop Newtowne Players - Performance
4:00 Calvert Brass Consortium- Classical COSMIC Flute Choir- Classical
Free Art Activities in the Discovery Tent, Along the Path & The Studio School
Artsfest guests of all ages will enjoy a variety of creative and free activities located at around the garden including:
In the Discovery Tent: Creative art activities including decorating colorful, playful hats with materials provided.
Zany Zone: Fun skill testers such as hula hoops and beach ball play.
Along the Path: Create take-home treasures with a visit at the Arts Council of Calvert County, the Calvert Artists’ Guild, and the Calvert County Quilt Guild.
In the Studio School: Visitor to the Studio School - located near the main gate – will get a sneak peak of the classrooms, class listings, and open studio experimentation. Painting and clay demonstrations will be available and registration for Fall classes will take place.
On the Menu at Artsfest
Artsfest offers more than just art and music; visitors always delight in the creative menu of delectable lunches and treats at the festival, as well as the opportunity to taste local wines and interesting micro brews. This year’s menu includes food, drinks, smoothies, ice cream, popcorn, and lemonade from such vendors as A Couple of Nuts, Calvert Kettle Corn, Grizzly Mountain Grill, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, Pap John’s Pizza, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Solomons Island Winery, Sunshine Girls Lemonade, and T.K. Grill.
Sponsors of Artsfest ‘11:
Maryland State Arts Council, National Endowment For The Arts, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Dominion, Asbury Solomons Island, Cherry Cove Hospitality, Hilton Garden Inn-Solomons, SABRE Systems, Inc., COMCAST, Top Hat Party Rentals, Old Line Bank, Arts Council of Calvert County, Holiday Inn Select Solomons, Calvert Memorial Hospital, Macaroni Kids St. Mary’s, Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, Papa John’s Pizza, Calvert County Department of Public Works, Jan Kleponis – O’Brien Realty, dom & sue Raino, Patuxent High School NJROTC, Boy Scout Troop #427, and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.
General Festival Information
Proceeds from Artsfest helps pay for many programs at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, including touring fine art exhibits, arts classes, free family programs, and assist in the maintenance of the grounds. Everything Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center does has a positive impact on our region’s quality of life.
About Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Annmarie is located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. The sculpture garden features a walking path that meanders through the forest, past permanent and loaned sculpture, including more than thirty works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. The garden also presents a variety of award-winning special events, gallery shows, and engaging public art programs. Annmarie’s Studio School offers creative classes for all ages and abilities taught by a talented faculty. The garden is conveniently located just off Route 2-4, on Dowell Road in Solomons. Annmarie is open 9am-5pm daily; the Arts Building and Gift Shop is open 10am-5pm daily. To learn more, visit www.annmariegarden.org.