Ocean City Today

Annual Art’s Alive at Northside Park

Festival, held this Saturday and Sunday in Ocean City, will feature about 90 artists
By Kara Hallissey | Jun 22, 2017
At least 90 artists will sell their one-of-a-kind wares from drawings and sculptures to jewelry, furniture, glass, mixed media, ceramics, paintings, and photography at the 17th annual Art’s Alive festival taking place at Northside Park on 125th Street this weekend, June 24-25.

(June 23, 2017) Live music, food, activities for children and a range of unique artwork are highlights of the 17th annual Art’s Alive festival at Northside Park on 125th Street this weekend, June 24-25.

“While walking around a beautiful park, visitors can appreciate a variety of art mediums, some of the artists will be creating on-site,” said Brenda Moore, special events coordinator for the Town of Ocean City. “Children can create their own masterpiece at one of the free children’s activities. Everyone can have lunch, enjoy beer or a glass of wine and listen to live performers.”

At least 90 artists will sell their one-of-a-kind wares, from drawings and sculptures to jewelry, furniture, glass, mixed media, ceramics, fiber, fine wood, paintings, printmaking and photography.

The show brings a variety of works by artists from states near and far including Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Florida, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Georgia.

“Arts Alive is an event that highlights the arts and expands the natural beauty and culture of the bay, by taking place in Ocean City’s beautiful Northside Park,” said Jessica Waters, communications manager for the Town of Ocean City. “You don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate the uniqueness of Art’s Alive, as it brings a sophisticated, yet family-friendly flare for visitors.”

In addition to selling their pieces, artists will compete in nine juried categories at Art’s Alive. The winners will be presented with ribbons and a total of $5,250 in cash prizes will be awarded during a reception Saturday night at the Art League of Ocean City on 94th Street at 6 p.m., Moore said.

Recognitions include Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice Award, People’s Choice Award and six Judge’s Choice Awards.

Attendees will have a wide range of food options to choose from at the Artists Café including New England lobster rolls, crab cakes, fish tacos and short rib cheesesteaks, which will be provided by Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen of SoDel Concepts in Delaware.

Rosenfeld’s Roadside Jewish Deli will be serving up traditional Jewish food such as corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, chopped liver, whitefish salad, potato knishes, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, chicken and tuna salad and various desserts, including its famous one-pound eclairs.

Maui Wowi returns to cool visitors off with its fresh smoothies, Hawaiian coffees and shaved ice. The Art League of Ocean City will also have craft beer and wine to purchase.

In addition to browsing artwork and enjoying food, Art’s Alive visitors can check out live music from Janet Spahr and her handpans both days of the festival. She captivates audiences into a soothing and tranquil experience. Also, Island Fusion will be entertaining guests on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside Artists Café with their ability to combine many different styles of music including Jimmy Buffett, disco and jazz songs with traditional island tunes using a steel drum. On Sunday, River & Rhodes will show off their modern blues-vibe with original compositions and lively performances inside the Artists Café from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fine arts event offers free art activities for children such as soap carving, beading, drawing and painting located in a serene setting with 58 acres surrounding a lagoon at the north Ocean City park on Saturday and Sunday.

“Art’s Alive is a great event for the whole family to enjoy the arts,” Moore said.

About 5,000 people are expected to come out this weekend to enjoy Art’s Alive events and about 40 percent of the vendors are new this year.

“Art’s Alive is the art show that has something for everyone,” Waters said.

The Art’s Alive official merchandise tent provides guests with a piece of the event to take home, such as T-shirts, jackets, baseball hats and pins.

Check out the fun this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 125th Street at Northside Park. Art’s Alive will take place rain or shine. For more information, call the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department at 410-250-0125.

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