New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival and Bucks County Playhouse announce the official date for the 22nd annual New Hope Juried Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival for the weekend of September 26th, featuring over 160 local and national artists and craftspeople.
The festival is set to launch Saturday, September 26, 2015 starting at 10:00 a.m. running to 6:00 p.m. and again Sunday, September 27, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. all in historic New Hope, Pennsylvania. This much-anticipated and prestigious event will feature the work of premier artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil painting, pastels, watercolors, drawing, etching, mixed media, black & white and color photography, soft and hard sculpture, wood turning and rustic furniture, pottery and glassware, wearable art including leather and fabric handbags and handspun or felted clothing, jewelry including hand-blown glass beadwork as well as precious and semi-precious metals and stones.
Bucks County Playhouse has stepped up this year to assure the iconic Festival’s continuing existence. First Federal of Bucks County is a supporting Sponsor, which it has done since 2008. All proceeds from this year’s Festival will benefit the nonprofit Playhouse in its operation of the New Hope Visitors Center, located on South Main Street.
“The Arts & Crafts Festival is the one of New Hope’s iconic special events, and we are happy to help continue its tradition of encouraging artists and bringing visitors to our beautiful riverfront town,” said Alexander Fraser, Producing Director of the Bucks County Playhouse. The artists booths will line a park-like setting at the New Hope – Solebury High School located at 180 West Bridge Street, all within walking distance to New Hope’s eclectic shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Additionally, a free shuttle will bring shoppers between Bucks County Playhouse on Main Street and the Festival. Parking is available at the New Hope-Solebury High School, the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, Union Square, on New Street at the municipal parking lot, and three public lots at the north and south end of Main Street. Limited handicapped parking and on-street metered parking will also be available.
The event includes acoustic musical entertainment and food vendors with favorite festival foods, including funnel cake, kettle corn and classic lemonade. A children’s activity booth offers youngsters the opportunity to experience the festival’s creative atmosphere, and visitors of all ages can indulge their inner artists by hand painting silk scarves on site.
“New Hope has long been known for its artistic heritage and has been named by numerous publications, as one of the top small town destinations for arts in the country,” said Sharon Flanagan, Festival Coordinator. “In keeping with this reputation, we maintain a very high standard for exhibitors. A jury of arts and crafts professionals determines the exhibitors, and a different panel of judges select winners in six different categories with nearly $4,000 in prizes.”
Every year, many popular local artists participate in the festival, in addition to visiting talents from all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as New York, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Florida. The two-day event is rain or shine and admission is free. For more information, visit www.NewHopeArtsandCraftsFestival.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.