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A Perfect Festival Day: Thursday

Monet Our Visiting Artist 2

Monet, Our Visiting Artist, by Seward Johnson

The Thursday of Arts Festival is known as the day that locals come downtown to experience Arts Festival before the out-of-towners arrive.

Here’s an insider’s guide to spending a perfect Festival day like a local.

Real locals don’t drive downtown – they park at the Bryce Jordan Center (and take the free shuttle downtown) or they take CATABUS directly into town.… Read the rest


A Perfect Festival Day: Wednesday

Suzuki Violin ChildrenPlanning a day with the little ones for Arts Festival Children & Youth Day? Here are a few suggestions to (hopefully) make your day go a little smoother.

I suggest getting an early start – say 9 a.m. – early enough to get downtown parking. I’m a fan of the Beaver Garage (200 W.… Read the rest


A Little Bit of Italy on Hiester Street

Come See Italian Street Painting at the Arts Festival

Hiester Street is transformed into a bit of Italy.

Just as the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition route is transformed to a living and breathing gallery, Hiester Street becomes a little bit of Italy during Arts Festival.

For the 11th year, Italian Street Painting comes to State College, turning a typical downtown street into a large canvas for talented artists of all ages.… Read the rest


BookFestPA: The Art of Reading

BookFestRegular Arts Festival-goers expect to see fine paintings, jewelry, pottery, photographs and other “traditional” art along the Sidewalk Sale. They see the beauty of performance art through the many shows by talented bands, dancers, and storytellers.

But what about the art of books?

New this year, BookFestPA brings book-lovers and avid readers together with talented local writers.… Read the rest


The Canopy of Banners

Each year, the Arts Festival hangs more than 100 banners over the Festival route. Each of these banners was once an entry in our Banner Competition.

Arts Festival Silent Auction – Silent No More!

CPFA Silent AuctionIt’s an unassuming wooden shed-like structure on the corner of East Beaver Avenue and South Allen Street. It’s easy to overlook it amid the throngs of people, stages, and white artists booths. But this little hut shouldn’t be missed.

The little gray building I’m talking about is home to the Arts Festival Silent Auction – a collection of items donated by Sidewalk Sale artists.The Silent Auction always features a fantastic mix of pieces, media, and opening bids so there truly is something for everyone.… Read the rest


Images 2010 Winners Announced

Sue RenoOn Friday, June 11 a lively crowd gathered at Penn State’s Robeson Gallery to see the works chosen for Images 2010 – and learn which fine art pieces were chosen as winners of this exhibit.

Fiber artist Sue Reno took away Best in Show for her art quilt White Mulberry.… Read the rest


Festival Buttons — Now On Sale!

2010 Arts Fest Button

2010 Arts Fest Button – on sale now!

A true sign that it’s almost Arts Fest time: Festival Buttons are now available!

The 2010 Arts Festival button provides wearers with general admission to selected performances and shows support for this terrific regional arts event. Show your button at these performances, and we’re ready to entertain you on a first-come, first-seated basis.… Read the rest


Images 2010 – join us for the opening reception!

The Arts Festival kicks off, in a manner of speaking, in just a couple weeks with Images 2010 and a reception to celebrate its opening from 5:30 – 7:00 pm on Friday, June 11 at the HUB/Robeson Center’s Robeson Gallery on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Not familiar with Images?… Read the rest


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