Not sure how to spend your weekend? Come on out Saturday, May 13 and enjoy some of the city’s best art and performers at the second annual Overlea ArtsFest.Baltimore’s growing arts community will again get to experience the Overlea ArtsFest, which was held for the first time ever last year and is back this year for what organizers hope will be a yearly tradition in the city. Overlea ArtsFest is a fundraising event that features art demos, live performances, art vendors, a juried art exhibit as well as numerous family and art related activities throughout the day. The day’s lineup of activities and artistic performances is quite diverse. Of the many artists that will be showcased during the festival, the musical lineup includes performances by The Lushpockets, Josie Baltimore and Sherri Robbins. Baltimoreans might recognize Sherri Robbins’ name, the native Marylander has been performing her soulful music for the last twenty years and has put out two albums. The Lushpockets meanwhile are a local rock and roll band that has been together since 2012 and currently have a few demos and perform locally. Josie Baltimore is a Baltimorean as her stage name suggests, the singer/ songwriter was born in Baltimore but raised in the country. A decade ago she moved to Baltimore and brought her original songs and mix of Rock and Roll, Classic Country, Doowop and Soul along with her. If the soulful sounds and creativity of the musical entertainment doesn’t quite satisfy, the festival also will feature the spoken word poetry performances of Marie Abate, Slangston Hughes, Fred Collins and Jessica Lynn Dotson. The award-winning sculpture of Ed Gross will also be featured as well, Gross’ work won the Baker Artists Award in 2014. As you may expect, there will be refreshments available from food vendors, Dessert at Jessica’s and Zen West will be serving up delicious edibles at this year’s festival. There also will be lots of excitement provided by live art activities and demos, the planned activities include stained glass creation with “The Artist’s Corner” and crafts for kids by The Rosedale Library and Holt Center for the Arts, as well as family activities put on by “Artist and Craftsman.” The Art show is juried and includes short film, sculpture, ceramics and photography in addition to painting and illustration, winners within each category will be awarded prizes for Best in Show while attendees will be able to vote for winners of the People’s Choice Awards.
The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Natural History Society, event organizers are asking for a $3 donation, aside from donations and vendor transactions the event and parking is 100 percent free. Natural History Society (NHS), is located on 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206 in Overlea, one mile south of 695 Exit 32A for US Route 1 South. The building is on the right side of Belair Road, between Chesley Avenue and Overlea Avenue. The NHS is handicap accessible. There are four main parking areas for the ArtsFest festival. All parking areas are marked with yellow Event Parking signs, and manned with Scout volunteers to assist you. The complete virtual program guide and schedule can be downloaded on Overlea’s website. Will you be going to the Overlea ArtsFest? Tell us in the comments below!