The 43rd Street Festival of the Arts has become as much a harbinger of autumn as the first scarlet leaf of fall. For the past 27 years hundreds gather each year to view fine arts and crafts in this juried show. This year, 80 regional artists and craftsmen will show and sell their work from 10am till 5pm on Saturday, September 14 on West 43rd Street in the Forest Hill neighborhood, one of the city’s first streetcar suburbs.
But this Festival of the Arts is more than an art show. It is an event that helps some of the most vulnerable members of the RVA community, and celebrates, along with visual arts, our region’s rich musical and culinary talent as well. Plus there’s plenty for kids to do, including chalk art where the tarmac of the streets become an enormous canvas, and the works created by these inspired young people are worthy of gallery placement.
This community effort benefits CARITAS, an organization that works to transform lives and restore dignity to those in need. Artisans donate work for a raffle and proceeds of the artist designed T-shirts for sale help raise money for this worthy organization. Though the show is free to the public, donations can be made at each of the four entrances to the show. Over the past 27 years more than $100,000 has been raised and given back to the community by supporting CARITAS.
Many of the artisans have exhibited their work at the festival since its inception. However, new artists come on board each year. This year’s juried outdoor show will include paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork, and much more. Original works of art will be available for purchase, and exhibitors will be on hand to discuss their work.
As in past years the lineup of musicians is extraordinary. The Atkinsons from 10am till 11am; Tin Can Fish Band from 11:30am till 12:30 pm, Susan Greenbaum from 1pm-2pm, Bluz Catz from 2:30 pm till 3:30pm, and Janet Martin from 4pm till 5pm.
43rd Street Festival of the Arts
1412 West 43rd Street
Richmond, VA 23225