Bellevue Arts Museum Host's : Artful Evening & ARTSFAIR
Undoubtably one of the museum's busiest weeks this year, BAM steams ahead with final preparations for their annual fundraiser tonight, Artful Evening (SOLD OUT), and the installment of BAM ArtsFair. One of the nation's most prestigious fairs, BAM hosts 300+ jurried artists on display this weekend (JULY 29-31).
A statement from a recent press release details this local feature fair well:
"For three full days every July, BAM transforms downtown Bellevue into a massive hub of performance art, live music, artist demonstrations and delicious food. Over 300 juried artists from around the continent are met by 320,000 art enthusiasts seizing their once‐a‐year opportunity to buy unique, handmade works of art. From jewelry and wearables to paintings and ceramics, the quality of the merchandise is top‐notch and entrance to BAM artsfair is free. Plus, Bellevue Arts Museum offers free admission to all of BAM's galleries and a rich variety of free community programs, including the popular kidsfair."
It is no surprise that people from across the country flock to this fabulous "festival." Much more than just a fair, each year BAM successfully produces an exhibition of epic proportions. Hands - down a Northwest favorite.
“BAM artsfair celebrates the connection between our community and the Museum’s focal point: art, craft and design,” says Meredith Langridge Anderson, the fair’s producer. “There’s something for everyone: art to make, art to look at and art to buy. Almost all artist exhibitors will be on site ‐‐ a rare opportunity to directly interact with the creators of the work.”
"THE CAROL DUKE ARTIST AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
NEW! WALKING TOUR Friday, July 29, 1pm Free
Join the awards jury and Tiffany & Co. to view and celebrate the prestigious Carol Duke Artist Awards of Excellence winners! Meet for an exciting walking tour of the BAM artsfair award winners and witness each artist be presented with their well-deserved award of $1,000. The walking tour begins at 1pm on Friday, July 29 at the Main Information booth.
The awards jurors include Stefano Catalani, Director of Curatorial Affairs/Artistic Director, Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA); Karen Lorene, Owner, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA) and Sarah Traver, Director (Seattle, WA)."
What: Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair
When: Friday ‐ Sunday, July 29, 30 & 31, 2011
Friday & Saturday: 9:30am ‐ 9:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am ‐ 6pm
Where: Bellevue Arts Museum & Bellevue Square
Tickets: Free (including free admission to BAM’s galleries)