By Maya Pottiger
Maryland Hall is hosting a hands-on, interactive one-stop shop to showcase all of its programs: the 10th annual ArtFest.
ArtFest features demonstrations, performances and activities for all ages.
“You can come and get a taste of everything we offer in terms of classes and performances and our galleries all in the same day,” said Katie Redmiles, the digital marketing and communications specialist at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
New this year, the United States Naval Academy Band is capping off the day with a concert at 4:00pm.
“We’re really excited about that. They are, too, because their performances are usually at the Naval Academy, so we’re lucky to have them here,” Redmiles said. “They’re going to start doing a series of concerts here, so this will be their first one of the year with several more to follow.”
ArtFest is a free event that’s open to the public. While it is a standalone event, ArtFest also ties into the Four Rivers Heritage Area’s Maryland Day weekend celebration. This means the circulator bus will have a stop at Maryland Hall to make it easier for people to access the open house.
Guests will be able to watch demonstrations by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, as well as try their hand at a variety of Maryland Hall’s classes: digital drawing, pottery and block printing, to name a few.
“Our own teachers will be here demonstrating what they teach on a regular basis,” Redmiles said.
The Cafe at Maryland Hall will offer free samples, and there will be a variety of food trucks out front so no one gets hungry.
In addition to ArtFest, BIG INK will be at Maryland Hall on both Saturday and Sunday working with artists to create “almost life-sized woodblock carvings,” Redmiles said.
“They travel around the country working with artists,” Redmiles said. “They will be doing demonstrations, as well, and people can come watch that, which is really neat.”
BIG INK will be at Maryland Hall from 11:00am-4:00pm on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31. ArtFest is Sunday, March 31, from 1:00pm-4:00pm. During ArtFest, Maryland Hall will run special offers for those who want to become members.
For more information, visit www.marylandhall.org or call 410-263-5544.