Making Art on the Avenue
Every year, I look forward to Art on the Avenue, Del Ray’s signature art and music festival. I love that I live a block off the Avenue and can pop in and out throughout the day. We’ve written a few posts about previous events, but this year the thing that stood out the most for me was the number of artists at work during the event — painting, weaving, performing, and running demonstrations and mini-classes. Art wasn’t just for sale, it was alive.
Our first stop was lunch at the Evening Star Beergarden where we enjoyed some lunch time entertainment from one of the many live musical performances set up along Mt Vernon Ave.
And then there was a pumpkin carving demo outside Del Ray Variety.
The Velocity folks got creative attaching chalk to the back of bicycles and letting people draw all over the street, which was also covered with a life-sized Pac Man game.
At the Sediment Press booth, Tim demonstrated the ancient art of screen printing. We got to take home a poster we helped to print.
Outside the Sushi Bar, the under 18 crowd was able to bypass the age restrictions and partake in the sushi craze, if only for one day.
There were plenty of demos and hands-on booths by the Mt Vernon Rec Center field geared toward children.
Upcycle Creation Reuse Center was offering free knitting and crochet lessons.
They welcomed donations of green yarn for the Del Ray yarn bombing project which will be unveiled in December.
A weaving demo made this textile art look simple, I’d love to learn how to do this.
Perhaps then I could learn how to make gorgeous rugs like these.
And finally, the biggest art display in the works was this mural going up on the side of A Show of Hands. Can’t wait to see the finished product.
What were your favorite parts of the event?