First Sunday Arts Festivals continues to blossom in Annapolis on May 3, 2015

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 1:09 pm by Administrator

What started out as 2 businesses on West Street in Annapolis hosting art receptions at the same time on Sundays in 2001 has grown today into a monthly arts and crafts festival called First Sunday Arts. In the first few years the festival was lucky to survive as West Street was under construction with its streets, sidewalks and underground utilities being replaced. Today the new brick lined West Street welcomes visitors and locals to the Arts and Entertainment Gateway of Annapolis.

Over the years the festival has grown. Today it is bringing thousands of locals to the first blocks of West Street and to Whitmore Park on Calvert Street in Annapolis. They come to shop from local and regional artists and crafters selling their artwork. Over the years more than 1,000 different artists and Crafters have exhibited at the festivals. Each month you will find just over 100 vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, purses, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings and more. With the first festival of the year just being a week before Mother’s Day this is the perfect place to find something unique and original for mom.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafes in the streets, so its easy to take a break and enjoy some good food. Several of the restaurants also host entertainment indoors during and after the festival including Ramshead Tavern, 49 West coffeehouse and Gallery, Stan and Joes and Tsunami.

Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music, dance, theater and more in 3 free performance areas including, Weisman Park near the Visitors Center which is s a good spot to relax in the shade, the parking lot next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon hosts the main stage and Whitmore Park on Calvert Street will host the new Community Art Performance Stage. The kids can also have fun getting faces painted or trying a henna tattoo.

For the month of May bring your camera to the festival because the festival will be extending the May Day celebrations with flower baskets throughout the festival made by the restaurants, galleries and vendors. Plus there are several galleries with new exhibits in the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District to check out, including Nancy Hammond Gallery, Fin Art, Whitehall Gallery and The Annapolis Collection Gallery.

Attendance has grown over the years as well. Today depending on the weather its not uncommon to have 4,000 to 7,000 people attend each of the monthly festivals. The First Sunday Arts festivals are lucky to be on West Street where parking is not an issue. There is 5 parking garages including Gott’s, Whitmore, Knighton, Loews and the State Garage within a 1 to 3 block stroll from the festival. Plus with so many Annapolis’ locals attending the festival, many just walk or bike in from the surrounding downtown communities of the Historic District, Murray Hill, Presidents Hill and Clay Street. The high numbers of locals attending also means you will find a lot of friendly pets joining their families at the First Sunday Arts Festivals

To accommodate the larger festival attendance the festival has increased the hours of the festival to start at 11am instead of noon and has added a seventh month to the lineup. This years festivals will be on the first Sunday of each month May to November on the first block of West Street and in Whitmore Park on Calvert Street in Annapolis

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free and free parking is available at the Bladen Street State Garage on the corner of Calvert Street and Bladen Street. The first Festival of the year will be Sunday May 3rd from 11am to 5pm. Festivals continue on June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, and November 1.

For more info visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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First Sunday Arts festival Vendors for Sunday May 3rd

Posted in First Sunday Arts Vendors at 8:22 am by Administrator

Please join us on Sunday May 3rd for 11am to 5pm at First Sunday Arts Festivals in Annapolis Maryland. This is the perfect time to start shopping for Mothers Day and to enjoy the start of spring. Space numbers and vendors subject to change.

West Street
Space Vendor Vendor type
1 Kristen Huddle Bozie’s Bags Purses / Pet
2 Deborah Hines River Rock Glass Studio Glass
3 Sarah Sewell-Tippin Joyful Clay Pottery / Jewelry
4 Diane Dehoff Paintings with Repurpose Furniture
5 Dave Hyde Dave Hyde Photography photography
6 Janey Harrington Silk Creations by Janey Scarves / Art
7 Ruth McGovern By the Bay Creations Driftwood Art
9 Catherine Dolch Arts & Carafes Paintings/Prints
10 Diane Rison Grace at work Jewelry/scarves
11 Nicole Gordon 3 Clothing Clothing and Accessories
12 Alice Faber Paintings/Prints
13 Laura Moore Laura Moore Designsl Jewelry/coastal
17 Maureen McPhail Pine Terrace Treasures Pet / Photography/ windows
18 Sarah Trevisan Sarah Studios handpaint pepermills and acc
19 Heather Reichardson Blue Eyed DragonFly Mixed Medea Recycled Art
20 Amelia Arria Cityshapes Photo photography
23 Rachael Kondylas Open Eyes Press Textiles/prints
24 Paul Irene Aspell Paul Aspell Pottery Pottery / Paintings
26 Deanna Williams Handemade by Deanna Purses/Aprons/ Acc
27 Julie Obrien Frosted Trash Jewelry/coastal
28 Jill Jasuta Secrets of the Eastern Shore photography
29 Samantha Zippilli A Little lovely Life Kids Clothes / Furniture
30 Trish Doty Paintings/Prints
31 leaf fitter sponsor
32 Landscape Design Center plants
33 Carlos Zepeda Co Zaana Jelwelry/silver gemstone
34 Ralph Daniel Sungold Crafts Glass / Jewelry
35 April Alayne Always April illustrations
36 Holly Deutch Holly Blue Jewelry jewelry/silver
37 Sheri Weinhold SLM Gifts metal garden art
38 Sheri Weinhold SLM Gifts metal garden art
39 Sheri Weinhold SLM Gifts metal garden art
40 Dee Wagman Wagman Designs Jewelry/glass&wood
41 Clair Guerra Twinkle Candle Candles
42 Jon Renee Nordsrom Sometimes Sleep Books / Paintings
43 Thomas Snyder Swamphox Photography photography
44 Sarah Taylor Framing of the Shoe paintings ceramics
45 William Phillips Kool Crab Pottery
46 Victoria Tom Darn Spunky Photography/Jewelry
47 Jacqueline Handley Jacqueline Handley Designs clothes/ Jewelry
48 lucia Robson Author/books
50 David Folio Folio Art Glass glass fused
51 Terri Flaherty Annapolis Quilt Guild quilts
52 Bernie Houston Sea Drift Sculptures Driftwood Art
54 Shannon Sterner/ Eric Roberge Sterner Art Company Face Painting
55 Ellen Robinson Ejay Art Pottery
56 Alison Shriver Alison Shriver Designs Paper Cuttings
57 Sue Whitehouse-Evenson Tres Jolie Jewelry/polymer
59 Jessica Rhine Coastal Bath and Spa soap/candles/robes
60 Jackie Skarzynski Chelsea Market Designs Jewelry/ pearls&Gemstone
61 Scott American Design Build sponsor
65 Sue Posey Posey’s by the Sea Jewery Sea Glass d├ęcor
66 Mary Jo Light metal garden art
67 Anne Taylor Parker Place rugs
68 Terry Pool Terry Pool Design Jewelry/silver&Gemstone
69 Tom Anderson Olde Dog Purses/ Wallets
70 Karen Danella Cedarwood Soaps Soap

City Gate

2 Emily Lane Twin Ridge Naturals soaps
3 Katia Barskina Kat Art paintings cards jewelry
4 Cynthia Johnson C Farrell Johnson Fine Arts prints/cards
5 Andrew Aughenbaugh Augies Adventures photograhs

Whitmore Park
1 Hallie Farley Greystone Handcrafed Jewelry Jewelry
2 Nate Andrea Oshea Great Frogs Winery Winery
3 Carla Lake Nil Sen La Soap
4 Eric Laura Mahaffey Annapolis Caramel Company Food- Caramel
5 Stephen Cimino Azul 2 Artesania Nepal resale 10% made by vendor
7 Wendy Carballo Tatting by Wendy Jewelry
8 Jenna Petterson Calvert Kettle Korn popcorn
9 Stephen Norberg Thunder Beast Food- Root Beer
10 Almila Ozdek Gemotica Jewelry
15 Yumi Vong Rogueries Jewelry Jewelry
16 Ellenor Alvarez Friends of the Arts Non-profit
17 Maurizio Eusebi Alessandra Eusebi Jewelry Jewelry
19 John Balacki From the good Earth Paintings
21 Anne Boroughs painting on glass mugs etc
22 Heather Brice Tropic of Capricorn Jewelry
24 Hope Shakya Inspired Fashions Asia Fair Trade Clothing
26 Neil Vosters Randalia Bee Hives Honey and related items
27 Mary Shultz Unique and Just Right for You Jewelry
29 Tybar Middlekauff Wicked Rabyt Candles
32 Food Truck Food Truck
33 Ice Cream Lady Ice Cream Lady Food Truck
35 snow cones Food Truck

More festival info at www.firstsundayarts.com

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