New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival
The Annual New Hope Juried Arts & Crafts Festival scheduled for the weekend of September 23 and 24, 2017 will feature more than 160 local and national artists and craftspeople. Held at New Hope Solebury High School, 182 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA, the rain or shine Festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Admission to the festival is $1. In addition to the artists market, the festival includes events for the whole family — from face painting to magician Evan Myles, to a children’s art tent, food court and Janet Spahr playing exotic hand pan music. Visitors also may choose to enter a free drawing to win tickets to the 2018 Bucks County Playhouse season.
The New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival attracts artisans from states along the east coast along as well as thousands of visitors. Artists and craftspeople include specialists in oil painting, pastels, watercolors, drawing, etching, mixed media, black and white and color photography, soft and hard sculpture, wood turning and rustic furniture, pottery and glassware, wearable art, leather and fabric handbags, handspun and felted clothing and jewelry – including hand-blown glass beadwork as well as precious and semi-precious metals and stones. Prizes are awarded in six different categories: crafts, fine arts, fiber, jewelry, mixed media and photography.
Proceeds of the Festival will go towards maintaining the New Hope Visitor’s Center and is sponsored by Penn Community Bank and Bucks County Playhouse. Co-Chairs Sharon Flanagan and Linda Rowe are very enthusiastic about this year. Flanagan said, “Our 24th New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival has the highest quality artists ever. They bring work that truly belongs in galleries and museums. We also feature budget friendly emerging craftsman and artists.”
Rowe added, “There is something for everyone in every budget. There are ideal gifts for Fall birthdays and for the holidays and, of course, art pieces that will enhance any home.”
The operations of the Visitor’s Center located at 1 West Mechanic Street in New Hope. Operated by Bucks County Playhouse, the Visitor’s Center is a significant town landmark and the only local information center that promotes all area businesses. Public restroom facilities and Playhouse ticket sales are available at the the Center during normal business hours.
Constructed in 1839, seven years after New Hope was incorporated, the Visitor’s Center building served as New Hope’s first town hall, school and jail. In his book New Hope, Pennsylvania, River Town Passages, New Hope historian Roy Ziegler states that the building “served as the municipal building and jail for nearly a hundred years until the borough moved into its new offices in a converted fire station. The original old jail gates from 1839 have been converted into garden trellises that greet thousands of visitors each year.”
There’s much to do in New Hope the same weekend that range from riding the Bucks County Playhouse Trolley to seeing “Rock and Roll Man: the Alan Freed Story” starring Tony nominee Alan Campbell (“Sunset Boulevard”) and Emmy nominee George Wendt (“Cheers!” as J. Edgar Hoover at Bucks County Playhouse. www.buckscountytheater.org.
A real community effort, volunteers are needed for set-up, check-in, booth sitting and other duties. For more information, visit www.NewHopeArtsandCrafts.com.