Featuring an opportunity for younger generations to create works of art under the guidance of professional artists, the Del Ray community will be hosting its 13th annual Art on the Avenue festival Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, "A Child’s World" will be introduced to this year’s festivities. Children participants will be challenged to express their thoughts and outlook in life through art.
The distinctive works of over 325 local artists and craftspeople and the various kinds of international foods provide a glimpse of the multiculturalism of the community. From jewelry that combines beauty and ingenuity to articles of clothing and furniture that reflect resourcefulness and style, the visitor can find any imaginable item or accessory for every fashion sense. Other crafts include: pottery, photography, paintings, plants and pet products. A number of vendors support non-profit organizations such as Papers to Pearls and ASPCA.
The festival will be held on Mount Vernon Avenue between Hume and Bellefonte Avenues. Feature activities and entertainment for children will include: ballet, tap and modern dancing. Three stages will play music from various genres including: rock, gospel, country, blues, jazz, Latino, Irish, classic and American traditional.
For the fourth consecutive year, a pie-baking contest will be held. Pies must be made from scratch and will be judged based on appearance, crust, filling and originality. Three cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place. A contribution of $2 to benefit local non-profit Community Partners for Children will be accepted for each slice of pie after the judging.
Art on the Avenue is entirely run by volunteers and the support of local businesses. The 2007 event attracted over 40,000 people. Free transportation will be provided from Braddock Road Metro station to the festival.