Fine Arts and Crafts Festival: A Downtown Thing

One of the artists demonstrating his painting process at last year’s Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.

One of the artists demonstrating his painting process at last year’s Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.

With a Park Avenue address and Central Park views, the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, next Saturday, September 24, sounds more uptown New York than downtown Swarthmore. Rest assured though, that the Festival will remain right in the middle of the borough in its 2016 iteration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

This year, the action will be oriented along Park Avenue, with booths and attractions stretching from Chester Road toward Borough Hall, embracing the new Central Park. More than 50 local and regional artists and crafters will display and sell their original artworks and objects in the 14th annual FACF, presented by the Community Arts Center in Wallingford.

Artists and artisans were selected by a jury process to participate in the Fest. They represent many creative approaches, working in media from fiber, glass, ceramics and jewelry, to watercolor, oils, photography and sculpture. Local artists will create work while you watch throughout the day.

Free admission, live music, art demonstrations, and activities like tie-dyeing should make the FACF irresistible to families.

Swarthmore restaurants and the Co-op will offer prepared foods and drinks all day long, and the Farmers Market will be in full swing in Central Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Thursday evening, September 22, CAC hosts the Taste of the Town, a fundraiser affording guests the best bites from top restaurants in Media and Swarthmore. Tickets are $75 and provide access to a diverse smorgasbord of exciting dishes in CAC’s Duke Gallery, as well as an open bar and live jazz from the Greg Kettinger Trio. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

Information on the FACF program, FAQs, and tickets for Taste of the Town is at fineartsandcraftsfestival.org and communityartscenter.org.

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